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ICE Planned To Release 1,000 Criminals A Week

From the Daily Caller:

Internal doc reveals ICE plan to release thousands of illegal immigrants

By Caroline May | March 6, 2013

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Tuesday released an internal U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) document showing that the agency planned to release thousands of illegal aliens from detention centers in response to cuts resulting from sequestration.

The document revealed that from Feb. 15 to March 31, 2013, ICE planned to release 1,000 detainees a week, reducing their detainee numbers from 30,748 to 26,748 — well below the 34,000 mandated by Congress, Goodlatte noted.

All of this comports with what we posted last week, from the non-partisan Center For Information Studies: "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…"

Also, notice how these numbers have been quietly ratcheted up. First we were told ‘hundreds’ of illegal alien criminals were released. Then, "maybe a couple thousand." And now we’re hearing they were planning to release a thousand a week.

But this is always the way the news media soft-pedals bombshells that might hurt Obama or any Democrat.

“An internal document obtained by the House Judiciary Committee shows that Administration officials at ICE prepared cold calculations to release thousands of criminal aliens onto the streets and did not demonstrate any consideration of the impact this decision would have on the safety of Americans,” Goodlatte said in a statement, asserting that the decision “undermines” the Department of Homeland Security’s mission and makes Americans “less safe.”

Given that ICE and DHS are supposed to be keeping the country safe from illegal aliens, this is like having a arsonist as your fire marshal.

ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez, however, explained in an emailed statement that ICE law enforcement officials have been working to do the best job they can with the resources allotted to them by Congress.

“With sequestration now in effect, ICE must reduce expenditures by $294,000,000 across all of its programs, which represents a 5% cut to all accounts across ICE’s budget and will reduce ICE’s actual annual detention budget going forward,” Gonzalez wrote.

Once again, these releases began before sequestration. And before sequestration was even a certainty. In fact, lest we forget, the White House and DHS were trying to blame these releases on the uncertainty over the upcoming continuing budget resolution.

“ICE will continue to manage its budget in a prioritized manner, ensuring that the focus remains on serious criminal offenders and others who pose a threat to public safety.”

As we were the first to point out, one of the released criminals is a man who broke his probation, who was convicted of assault and battery and child abuse. Those aren’t "serious criminal offenses"?

She stressed that each individual is reviewed on a “case-by-case basis” to release those detainees “who posed the least threat to public safety, were not subject to mandatory detention and who were appropriate candidates for supervised release” and added that ICE is reviewing the releases to determine “which individuals were released due to normal fluctuations and which were released primarily due to the budgetary pressures of the continuing resolution and the sequester.”

Currently, ICE does not keep records on those detainees released largely due to budget constraints.

So how are they going to supervise them? How are they going to round them up again?

But, of course, that was never really the plan.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “ICE Planned To Release 1,000 Criminals A Week”

  1. The Memo does say Make it as painful as possible

    On us

  2. mr_bill

    The thing I find most disturbing about this whole story is the numbers. There are over 20,000,000 illegal aliens in the US and ICE only has 30,000 in custody. They really aren’t that hard to find, if you actually look for them.

  3. wirenut

    If you substitute the words illegal aliens to future democat voters, this all makes sense.
    The clown posse in charge is now imposing it’s political porn on an uneducated American public, and a Consititional document. No rules, No boundries, No goals. Just power.
    Party on Garth, Party on Wayne. Party only Obama!




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