In a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Friday, Senator John Cornyn, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary committee called into question her leadership abilitiesover the department’s outrageous decision to release possibly thousands of detainees from detention centers across the country.
The Washington Times reported:
“Border security and the detention of those who violate our laws are at the core of DHS’s mission. Yet last week, your department released an unknown number of detainees into communities across Texas and the United States,” he wrote. “To this day, your department has not responded to numerous Congressional and state government requests for detailed information regarding the total number of detainees released by your department, the legal violations for which these individuals were being detained, or a geographic breakdown of releases.
“Your department also released furlough notices on March 7, including notices to CBP personnel which explained the decision to furlough as required ‘to promote the efficiency of the [CBP] service by avoiding a deficit of funds in FY2013.’ These actions call into question the department’s commitment to its core missions and raise serious concerns about the judgment of DHS leadership,” he wrote.
Mr. Cornyn told Ms. Napolitano that her actions and rhetoric regarding the requirements of sequestration were inconsistent with guidance provided to her department, noting that a January notice from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urged agencies to “use any available flexibility to reduce operational risks and minimize impacts on the agency’s core mission.”
He said the proposed furloughs of personnel and the release of criminal alien immigrants represented a violation of certain of the department’s basic core missions,” including prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage our borders, and enforce and administer our immigration laws.”
On his Sunday talk show, KS Secretary of State, Kris Kobach noted that “these are illegal alien robbers, arsonists, and drug dealers. These are bad guys. These are not illegal aliens who just want a chance at a better life. These are illegal immigrations who are the worst of the worst and the Obama administration decided to turn them loose to make a point about sequesters.”
Kobach went on to explain that it was not necessary to turn these detainees loose. “There is so much fat in DHS and ICE”, he argued, “it would be easy to cut 2-3% of the budget.”
He suggested they could start with getting rid of executive travel and conferences, and vehicles, making the point that during the government shut down in 1996, certain emergency services were not shut down including deportation and detention facilities. So the highest levels of government services. But the ” extraordinary, bizarre, extreme” Obama administration decided that to make a political point that they would shut down what couldn’t get shut down during the government shut down in the nineties.
“This is a brazen abuse of power”, he said. “They crossed the line.”