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Obama To Stop Locking Up Illegal Aliens

From the overjoyed open borders lobbyists at the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. to Revise Detention Standards for Immigration Detainees

By CAM SIMPSON

OCTOBER 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expected on Tuesday to unveil an outline of sweeping changes for the nation’s immigration-detention system, saying it will decide whom to lock up and for how long based on the danger and flight risk posed by detainees.

Officials familiar with the report said the administration is pledging to revise detention standards and will turn to the private sector for ideas, asking for proposals to construct two model facilities.

Until now, the Obama administration has been reluctant to revise detention standards, which were updated late in the administration of former President George W. Bush. The immigration detention system expanded dramatically during the Bush years as the government took a much tougher line against illegal immigrants.

The moves come in response to criticisms of the system over issues including the quality of medical treatment given to detainees and their inability to access basic services, such as phones to speak with lawyers. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said upon taking office that she would undertake a review of the process.

Ms. Napolitano is expected to announce the moves at a news conference. The officials familiar with Tuesday’s announcement said Ms. Napolitano, who has oversight of the immigration detention network through the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, will also announce plans to develop a new classification system for detainees.

Currently, asylum seekers or other detainees who don’t pose a danger can be housed with regular criminals in the U.S. prison system. The goal of the new classification system, officials said, is to avoid mixing criminal and noncriminal detainees.

The Obama administration also will pledge to put in place a screening system to alert officials to special medical or mental-health needs of detainees as they enter detention.

Tuesday’s report includes a promise to issue guidelines on alternatives to detaining immigration violators

Officials on Tuesday are expected to announce that they will further centralize and increase oversight of the network, which houses about 32,000 beds at 350 local jails, prisons or private corrections facilities nationwide. Almost 400,000 people cycle through the system each year.

In August, John Morton, the assistant secretary for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, said he would put a government manager inside each of the nation’s largest 23 detention facilities to increase and enhance direct federal oversight. The agency is expected to announce that it is doubling the effort, meaning government managers, instead of contractors, will oversee facilities housing 80% of the nation’s immigration detainees.

Mr. Morton said in August that the main goal of his overhaul was to make the system less reliant on using prison-like facilities to hold the hundreds of thousands of immigration detainees who pass through the system each year who aren’t criminal offenders.

As we noted at the time, this was promised back in August. And Mr. Obama is merely fulfilling his (encoded) campaign promise of amnesty one step at a time.

But the process began even earlier, when back in July Mr. Obama announced that he would not longer go the employers who hire illegal aliens with criminal sanctions.

And now we learn that our government will not even lock up the few hapless illegal aliens they somehow inadvertently arrest – or who are already being detained by the previous (criminal) Bush regime.

And never mind the American public’s overwhelming opposition to amnesty.  Mr. Obama was not elected to listen to their views.

The moves come in response to criticisms of the system over issues including the quality of medical treatment given to detainees and their inability to access basic services, such as phones to speak with lawyers.

That is to say, in response to phony claims by the ACLU and the SEIU, who, as we have noted previously, are the groups setting our immigration policy these days.

These are the people to whom Mr. Obama listens. Which makes sense, since they are the ones who put him into power.

The Obama administration also will pledge to put in place a screening system to alert officials to special medical or mental-health needs of detainees as they enter detention.

Well, we certainly don’t want any of these little darlings to go without the best healthcare the taxpayers’ dollars can buy.

The ACLU and SEIU wouldn’t dream of having it otherwise.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Obama To Stop Locking Up Illegal Aliens”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    “The Obama administration is expected on Tuesday to unveil an outline of sweeping changes for the nation’s … saying it will decide whom to lock up and for how long .. ”

    The Obama Doctrine.

    It is identical to other dictators around the world.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Just the latest thing in his list of “let’s see what I can screw up today”

  3. Right of the People says:

    Great, now I can just sit in the station all day with nothing to do. No sense in catching any wets if they’re going to let them go.

    Is in Miller time yet?

  4. canary says:

    The states should have the rights over illegal imigrants, especially after the enormous bloodshed that broke out by the illegal’s at our borders, when Obama refused to follow Bush’s plan. Especially when Al-Qaida along with Mexicans have tunnels into our country. Amnesty on the way.
    Obama’s popularity going down, he wants to be sure and get thugs votes.
    Obama empathy is for criminals, not innocent people.

    • canary says:

      What hypocrites the Obombies to try and pass health bill, with plans of adding illegals who won’t be forced to pay or be penalized for not having it.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    If we’re not going to lock them up, what’s next? Free healthcare?

  6. wirenut says:

    Rusty, Theme Parks.

  7. Reality Bytes says:

    These Illegals, I mean “Documentationally Challenged” Aliens, I mean Americans, oh forget it.

  8. electionhangovervictim says:

    Eh…I’m not too worried. As SNL (surprisingly) noted in a skit from Saturday’s show, Obama hasn’t really done squat since he’s been office. His “to do” list keeps growing, but he’s only managed to accomplish mending fences over beers.

    • proreason says:

      snl is wrong.

      This Moron has done more damage to the country in 8 months that the rest of the country was able to do in 230 years.

      Never been more divided.
      Took over the auto industry, the banking industry, the mortgage industry, the student loan industry.
      Put our children’s children’s children’s children in debt forever.
      15 million new people out of work.
      We probably can never recover from what he has done to the image of the country abroad. Now, we are viewed as weaklings.
      Appointed the worst Supreme since Ginsburg.
      and way more than that.

      before the takeover and ruination of Health Care….which will kill millions of seniors.
      and Cap and Tax, which will kill people of all ages.

      It’s unprecedented.

  9. marinetbryant says:

    We need more signs, and enforcement of same, like those around Area 51:

    “Use of deadly force authorized.”

    Not advocating violence, mind you, just saying.

    Tom

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Right on, Marine!!

      President Reagan set Marines on the border and a few illegals found their way to the other side post haste. You have to know that the border hopping came to an abrupt halt in the kill zone.

      DingleBarry just threw the oath of office under the (much crowded) bus and is now a treasonous dog in my eyes!

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      My strategy was to roll with Humvee’s mounted with M2s, tracer rounds only. Fire a few bursts over, in front of, and behind groups crossing. Only the really dumb ones would keep coming, and unfortunately require a few bursts on target. Some people will die, but probably far less than die of exposure in the desert, or trapped in the back of a 53′ trailer. And once word gets out, people won’t risk crossing anymore.

  10. beautyofreason says:

    Well, I guess the Democratic party can add to their constituents. What do they get, 20 million illegal immigrants to choose from?

    “thousands of immigration detainees who pass through the system each year who aren’t criminal offenders.”

    Breaking the law = crime.
    Entering a country illegally = crime.

    How hard is it for them to understand?

  11. imnewatthis says:

    Grrr….

  12. AZGrown says:

    WHERE DO WE LIVE AGAIN??? Did AMERICA get destroyed?? HOLY CRUDE, What are all OURRRRR ~ AMERICAN~~~~ Troops fighting for in other countries again proven for no reason…. I am sick of the USA having to bow down to everyone else yet VERY VERY FEW ACTUAL AMERICANS get even a millimeter of freaking help THAT WE OURSELVES PAY FOR, IN EVERYWAY imaginable yet we will HAND ALL OF THE HELP RIGHT OVER TO EVERYONE ELSE, NOT BORN nor A CITIZEN of AMERICA, Land of the free has an all to sad meaning now if you really sit and think about it in the sense it seems to be right now……….., not what it ACTAULLY MEANS and ALWAYS SHOULD mean… BY AMERICANS FOR AMERICANS……………. freakin sad


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