What happens to immigrants convicted of sex crimes? The answer, Maria Sacchetti found out, is often unsettling. Her investigation for the Boston Globe revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was quietly releasing violent offenders back into the U.S. when their home countries wouldn’t take them. On this episode, Sacchetti talks about the reporting process – including a lawsuit that forced ICE to give up the names of released criminals.
Looking for links to the stories, resources and events we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read Maria Sacchetti’s 2015 Boston Globe story, “ICE’s sex offender policies under scrutiny.”
- Search the Globe’s criminal immigrant database, which includes information on offenders released between 2008 and 2014.
- See what lawmakers had to say about ICE’s practices following the Globe’s article.
- Read Maria’s 2012 investigation, Justice in the Shadows.
- Members only: Download a tipsheet on contacts, strategies and resources for border and immigration coverage.
Music in this episode is by Podington Bear.