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ICE ‘Ordered’ To Free 26% Of Detained Illegals?

From the Washington Free Beacon:

An Administrative Amnesty

Sequester cuts not deep enough to justify release of illegal immigrants, experts say

By Lachlan Markay | February 27, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement division was ordered last week to reduce their illegal immigrant detainee populations to 26 percent below the legally required level, according to a research organization that monitors immigration issues.

That reduction is significantly greater than those required by the impending budget cuts the department has cited for the release of the detainees…

According to Jessica Vaughan, policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, ICE was recently ordered to reduce its detainee populations even further.

“Last week, ICE field offices all over the country were ordered to reduce the number of detainees from 34,000 to 25,000 by March 1,” Vaughan said in a post on the group’s website…

If true, who gave this illegal order? And why isn’t the news media trying to track them down?

ICE has refused to say how many detainees would be released and did not respond to requests to confirm Vaughan’s statistics…

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the sequester cuts would eliminate funds needed to pay for the detention program.

However, the reported 26 percent reduction in detainee populations reportedly ordered by ICE is significantly greater than the 8.2 percent reduction in ICE’s budget required by the sequester.

According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, DHS is slated to finish the year with more than $9 billion in unobligated funds

When, according to Janet Napolitano, their entire ‘detention budget’ is only $2 billion.

Julie Kirchner, executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, called the policy “administrative amnesty.”

The detainee releases are a “culmination of a multi-year effort to release illegal immigrants rather than detain them,” Kirchner said.

And she would seem to be correct, judging from the press release below.

From the aforementioned non-partisan Center For Information Studies:

Napolitano Offers Up Border Patrol and Detention for Sequestration

By Jessica Vaughan, February 26, 2013

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced that ICE detention capacity and Border Patrol salaries will be slashed in order to meet the requirements of the sequestration exercise. This move suggests that she views the nation’s fiscal crisis as an opportunity and cover to accomplish the administration’s immigration enforcement reduction agenda…

Last week ICE field offices all over the country were ordered to reduce the number of detainees from 34,000 to 25,000 by March 1. That’s a 26 percent cut in detention capacity, when the sequestration deal calls for cuts of 10 percent across the board. This order will put about 9,000 offenders back on the streets.

Remember, more than half of ICE’s caseload consists of individuals who have been convicted of crimes — and most of the other 45 percent are in ICE detention because they got arrested for something or because they have committed multiple immigration offenses…

For the record, here is a press release from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, posted on the pro-amnesty website, Dream Activist:

Caving to Pressure, ICE Begins Releasing Low-Priority Detainees Nationwide

Wave of releases will not cover up disingenuous record on deportations

Media@theniya.org | February 25, 2013

NATIONAL—The National Immigrant Youth Alliance is hearing from contacts at multiple detention centers across the country that low-priority detainees are being released in large groups without bond. The office of US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has confirmed that this move by Immigration and Customs Enforcement is related to sequestration.

While congressional sequestration talks may provide convenient timing for the administration, this is a direct response to the pressure placed on the administration from NIYA, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others who demand that it back away from its aggressive deportation regime…

We suspect that these the people that this release order came from, ultimately.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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