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Flashback: Release Of Illegals Tied To Sequester Cuts

A flashback to an article we posted back in February 2003, from of the New York Times:

Mass Release of Immigrants Is Tied to Impending Cuts

By KIRK SEMPLE | February 26, 2013

Federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from detention centers around the country in recent days in a highly unusual effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said Tuesday.

"Hundreds." Not tens of thousands. (Note: our current comments are in [brackets.])

[In fact, all told over 104,000 aliens with criminal convictions were released. 68,000 before they began the deportation process. 36,000 who were released after they began the process.]

The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however. The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.

And we know there is no way they could slip away if they are ‘supervised.’

But the decision angered many Republicans, including Representative Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia…

“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” said Mr. Goodlatte, who, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is running the House hearings on immigration reform. “By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives.”

And that is exactly the point. — And never mind that the President of the United States is supposed to try to protect American citizens.

A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, said the detainees selected for release were “noncriminals and other low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories.”

If that were true these illegal aliens would never have been detained. Because the current Obama administration policy is to only detail illegal aliens who have been convicted of a major crime. [And we now know how true those claims were, anyway.]

Officials said the releases, which began last week and continued on Tuesday, were a response to the possibility of automatic governmentwide budget cuts, known as sequestration, which are scheduled to take effect on Friday.

“As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” the agency’s spokeswoman, Gillian M. Christensen, said in a statement. The agency’s budget for custody operations in the current fiscal year is $2.05 billion, officials said, and as of Saturday, ICE was holding 30,773 people in its detention system.

$2 billion dollars to detain 30,000 people? Why does it cost so much to detain illegal aliens?

Immigration officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to release substantially more detainees this week, though they warned that more releases were still possible depending on the outcome of budget negotiations.

Is this not a threat? Is this not political blackmail"?

[And even though we were told in later reports that ICE had stopped releasing these criminals, we now know they did not. And never mind that, as we now know, DHS was hardly affected by the sequester. In fact, the whole government only had one layoff due to the sequester. And that was at the DOJ.]

They refused to specify exactly how many detainees were released, or where the releases took place. But immigrants’ advocates around the country have reported that detainees were freed in several places, including Hudson County, N.J.; Polk County, Tex.; Broward County, Fla.; New Orleans; and from centers in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia and New York…

But yet we’re supposed to believe it’s only been "hundreds." [Of course, now we know better.]

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 15th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Flashback: Release Of Illegals Tied To Sequester Cuts”

  1. mr_bill

    I wrote the following comment elsewhere in response to some of Pelosi’s claptrap about immigration, but I think it bears posting here, as well:

    To illustrate a point: Imagine you barged into the House or Senate, unelected, and simply began to occupy an office there. You demand Congressional pay and benefits, demand the right to speak on the floor, vote on pending bills, demand a committee seat (or chairmanship), etc. You get the idea. What do you think Congress would to to any Congressman who aided in such actions (perhaps sprung you from jail after the Capital Police or DHS arrested you for trespassing, then helped you get back into the building and tried to keep the authorities from catching you again)?

    Nancy Pelosi would be the first person to call for security to throw you out. All you wanted is a path to Congressmanship, you have a right to that. You don’t have to be elected like those other schmucks who campaign and go through the legal process to become a Congressman. That costs a lot of money that you don’t have. You just want a better life, a better job, and you’re doing a job that elected Congressmen don’t want to do.

    Maybe we should all get together and try it. They can’t stop everybody. If anybody gets mad at us for doing it, we’ll demand amnesty and call anybody who opposes it a “racist, elitist, Congressist” or some other “ist” until they’re shamed into letting us have our way.

    That all sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it’s exactly what these people are doing with illegal intruders in this country.




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