Feds release immigrants convicted of murder in metro Atlanta

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. —

Convicted killers, set free, right here in metro Atlanta. Immigration agents released nearly 170 of them across the country.

We discovered some of those convicted murderers came from these seven communities. Channel 2's Carl Willis talked to the Cobb County sheriff about the danger this poses to the public.

The sheriff says it's a threat to public safety. Seven of the convicts were released in the area, including three in Atlanta and one whose last address was in Mableton.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released more than 36,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions in 2013. Recently, it came to light that 169 of those released had been convicted of murder.

"As a law enforcement officer, I'm really disgusted with it. Plain disgusted with it," said Sheriff Neil Warren.

Warren has been outspoken about President Obama's policy on immigration.  

“I’m just wandering if their probation officers know they're here. That'd be a question if I knew who they were,” Warren said.

Willis reached out to ICE for a statement, but referred him to a letter an assistant secretary wrote when questioned about the release.

"ICE had no discretion for the releases of many of these individuals. In general, the various types of releases from custody include bond, order of recognizance, order of supervision, alternatives to detention, and parole."

Of the 169 detainees released across the country, 131 of them were issued deportation orders. That's not good enough for immigration watchdog D.A. King.

"Maybe none of the seven convicted murderers released back into Georgia will kill another American. Maybe they will,” King said.

Making matters even trickier, the names of those released were not made public, only the zip codes associated with their last address.

"Sadly, we will probably never know if one of these convicted murderers does kill someone else,” King said.

The Obama administration said it's bound by a 2001 court decision that ruled immigration detention cannot be punitive or indefinite. That applies when governments refuse to take back their citizens.