Letter: High crimes in Washington, D.C.

The effects of Fast and Furious, the ATF's disastrous operation to track weapons smuggled into Mexico, continues to plague the Obama Justice Department. The operation, begun in October 2009 as part of Obama's ongoing attempt to discredit and tarnish the Second Amendment, resulted in the death of Border Agent Brian Terry in December 2010 and hundreds of other victims in Mexico. One of the weapons sold to Sean Stewart, a straw-buyer, turned up in Phoenix on July 29, 2013, where two people were wounded during a gang-style assault. After numerous lawsuits filed by Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, and 16 months of administration stonewalling, a U.S. District Court Judge, in June, issued a court order forcing the Department of Justice to provide a detailed listing of documents involving the deadly gun-running scandal no later than Oct. 22. It is probably no coincidence that Attorney General Holder resigned just two days after this ruling.

In 2013, Immigration and Customs released over 36,000 illegal aliens who were awaiting deportation proceedings. This group included aliens convicted of thousands of serious, violent crimes. Those convictions included 193 homicides, 426 sexual assaults and 303 kidnappings. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, some of the districts closer to the U.S./Mexican border have been inundated with these released criminals.

Finally, documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that Congress submitted false information to participate in Obamacare exchanges. The District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority allowed Congress to use it to provide health insurance to over 12,000 members of Congress, staffers, spouses and dependents. D.C. law restricts the exchange to providing coverage only to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Government officials who applied attested that the House and Senate employ 50 or fewer full-time employees; the exchange accepted these false attestations. This health coverage - and taxpayer subsidy - was obtained through fraud.

D.B. Mitchell

Valle Vista