Obama is trying to separate himself from any of this latest scandal involving the release of illegal immigrant criminals from prison – he had nothing to do with it, you see, nor did Janet Napolitano. It was a rogue underling at Homeland Security.
Arizona officials — from the statehouse to Capitol Hill — were outraged on Tuesday at the Obama administration’s release of hundreds of illegal immigrants held in local jails to save money as huge budget cuts loom.
“I’m appalled to learn the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun to release hundreds of illegal aliens from custody, the first of potentially thousands to soon be freed under the guise of federal budget cuts,” said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has long battled the White House on immigration matters. “This is pure political posturing and the height of absurdity, given that the releases are being granted before the federal sequestration cuts have even gone into effect.”
In Pinal County, about 70 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Sheriff Paul Babeu told Newsmax that the release of hundreds of detainees over the weekend was “outrageous and unacceptable because there’s a direct and immediate impact to public safety of families in my county.”
“These are criminal illegals,” Babeu said. “They were headed for deportation — but now, they have received a budget pardon.”
Arizona Sen. John McCain told Newsmax, “We’re very concerned about this.”
A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, said the thousands of detainees selected for release over the past week – among an estimated 8,000 – 10,000 scheduled for release – were “noncriminals and other low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories.”
This is a blatant lie. The aliens released by DHS are criminals, who will put families and communities at greater risk from coast-to-coast.
According to Jessica Vaughan of CIS, here are some categories of detainees who were released from ICE detention over the last week:
- Aliens convicted of drug offenses, theft, identity theft, forgery, and simple assault;
- Aliens who were arrested and charged with local crimes, but turned over to ICE for deportation in lieu of prosecution;
- Aliens who were bonded out on local criminal charges and were placed in ICE custody as a result of a detainer (typically a public safety or flight risk); under new ICE detention priority purposes, these are “non-mandatory, non-criminal detainees”, because aliens are not considered to be dangerous or criminal until they have been convicted;
- Repeat immigration offenders (despite ICE leadership claims that these are “enforcement priorities”); and
- Recent border crossers (also supposedly an “enforcement priority”).
And DHS just released “thousands” of them, including 500 in a single weekend in a single Arizona county – without even informing the Sheriff.
Via The Daily Rushbo
Via the ASSOCIATED PRESS:
— The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency’s immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.
In an email obtained Wednesday by the AP, Gary Mead told coworkers that he was leaving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the end of April. Mead is the head of enforcement and removal operations at ICE.
Mead had told co-workers of his resignation in the email sent Tuesday, hours after U.S. officials had confirmed that a few hundred illegal immigrants facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to budget cuts.
President Barack Obama’s spokesman said Wednesday the White House was never consulted but described the immigrants as “low-risk, non-criminal detainees.”
Gary Mead would be a good person for an aspiring journalist to talk to, wouldn’t he?
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