A refugee from Iraq who was set to be deported in 2016 was charged in the shooting of a Colorado police officer on Monday:

According to media reports, deportation proceedings began against Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi began in 2105 with an order for his removal from the country handed down in 2016. However a judge ordered Al Khammasi freed  “citing a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that immigration law’s definition of violent crime was too vague“:

We’re not really seeing what was “too vague” about Al Khammasi, however. From the Denver Post:

Since arriving in the U.S., Al Khammasi has faced felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal extortion, trespassing, assault, parole violations and contempt of court, according to DHS. He faced felony weapon offenses as recently as January, the DHS official said.

And then in 2017, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision (Neal Gorsuch sided with the liberals on the court) ruled that “part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced”:

President Trump later tweeted that it was up to Congress to “close loopholes that block the removal of dangerous criminal aliens”:

He added, “This is a public safety crisi that can only be fixed by Congress”:

The wounded officer, Cem Duzel, is still listed in critical condition:

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