Hundreds of illegals released

| February 27, 2013

You’ve probably already heard this, but the Obama Administration has released hundreds of illegal aliens from custody in preparation for sequester cuts. Republicans say that the folks released were dangerous criminals, but folks who defend the release say that they shouldn’t have been detained in the first place. From the Washington Times;

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that runs the detention facilities, said that with sequesters and the annual spending bills looming, officials have tried to find places to cut, and releasing low-priority immigrants is one of those ways.

“Over the last week, ICE has reviewed several hundred cases and placed these individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention,” ICE said in a statement. “All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings. Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety.”

While being released from detention, the illegal immigrants are still subject to supervision — either by electronic device or by being required to check in with ICE by phone or in person.

I’m kind of thinking that we’ll never see those people again, and I think it’s a bit of theater on the part of the administration. Just a few days ago Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned that sequestration would allow dangerous criminals into the country because of staffing cuts, so they release a bunch that we already have in custody? I don’t understand why they didn’t at least send them back to their entry point. That would have saved even more money.

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden, Illegal Immigrants

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  1. NHSparky says:

    Logic would have dictated that the illegals be deported, but they vote Democrat. Repeatedly.

  2. MGySgtRet. says:

    And they vote Democrat even when they are illegal and have no right to vote in our elections.

  3. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    According to ICE, its mission is, in part, “to identify, arrest, and remove aliens […] who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts.” Forgive me for laughing.

    I especially enjoy that business about excluding from release those illegals who pose a “significant threat to public safety.” That word significant is the kicker. I can hear it now: “There was no significant criminal history available to us before Mr. Martinez was released that would have signaled that he was a risk to commit the rapes and murders he has now suspected of committing. Our agents are actively searching for him. As you know, he was to have called into ICE every week after his release but he failed to do so. If he is still in the country, he will be charged with violating his release condition too–when we find him.”

  4. Eggs says:

    And the story in Tucson’s paper today:

    The article seems to give conflicting info (big suprise there – not) on the numbers of this latest guvmint catch and release program.

  5. Old Trooper says:

    Why even bother to detain anyone at all? We could save millions/billions of dollars by just getting rid of our border security anyway. If they’re not going to do their job (not the agents, but the administration), then why pay all that money for it?

  6. USMCE8Ret says:

    These folks are long gone, and certainly won’t be calling to “check in”, and if electronic tracking devices are being used, those are being cut off as sure as I am typing this.

  7. 2/17 Air Cav says:


  8. OWB says:

    Makes perfect sense to the same people who engineered the sale of scary, black weapons to drug dealers in Mexico. Not so much to the rest of us.

  9. A Proud Infidel says:

    Since when has the B. Hussein Øbama Administration done anything other than play Chicago-style politics on any issue?

  10. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Perhaps we could eliminate the salaries of the 4ssholes who thought endangering the public was an acceptable budget control method.

    This is designed to scare people into being p1ssed off at republicans for blocking the budget, when the reality is far different than the rhetoric. Obama’s super majority wasn’t capable of passing a budget….so I find the idea that the Republicans are still the problem a bit ludicrous….but then I also find the concept of yielding to the other side’s demands surrender, not bipartisan legislative action. Compromise is not always a tasty dish, but it beats the h3ll out of starvation. Which is what we are facing because the dems think being bipartisan means that the republicans are supposed to surrender to every budget idea they have as opposed to some give and take. These republicans are not tight fisted fiscal conservatives, some of them have been spending more than compulsive shoppers on a binge buy so I am certain they can find some common, albeit unfamiliar ground.

  11. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    “Compromise is not always a tasty dish, but it beats the h3ll out of starvation.” Huh? That doesn’t sound like you at all, VOV.

  12. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    @11 Sorry no sugar or caffeine this morning, brain not firing on all cylinders….but I am sick of the talk regarding bipartisanship to fix the budget with zero intent from the dems, I meant they need to understand the word not the republicans, republicans haven’t had a super majority in something like 80 years so they have always understood compromise on the budget and other issues.

    If we truly are Americans first and dems/repubs second then we must understand that we have to work with the other guy to move forward on the important issues of budget, defense, security and domestic policy spending, etc….as well as every other major issue like energy or research. We are currently deadlocked on almost every issue with a constantly more contentious congress…I am hoping that changes.

    But probably it won’t….

  13. Just an Old Dog says:

    I’m sure they’ll check in. They all were given Obama phones,

  14. David says:

    VOV- both poarties need to pay attention. Me, I advocate a total freeze on all assets – not just their Congressional pay – over every sitting Senator and Congressmen until the budget is solved. Most of ’em are millionaires who can afford to miss their “official” pay – let’s see how well they handle being broke, no insurance, and no income like too many others are.

  15. FatCircles0311 says:

    I wonder how long Democrats were just salivating at the opportunity to increase their voting people. Frankly with how rabid they’ve become lately they held back as much as they could.

    Laws. Who needs them.

  16. Yat Yas 1833 says:

    And so it begins…komissar omammy has declared war on the United States. This reminds me of “Red Dawn” when Powers Booth tells the kids, “the Central Americans worked their way up through Mexico and infiltrated…” (pi$$ poor paraphrase) tell me that isn’t exactly what’s happened. There are 11,000,000 of them here having infiltrated most facets of American life. Fellas, we’re on the down hill slide.

  17. Ex-PH2 says:

    House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that the House doesn’t need to pass a third sequester replacement bill before the “Senate gets off their ass and passes it once.”

    Read more:

    And here’s a link to Harry ‘Middle Finger Salute’ Reid’s snippy answer:

    This gets better and better every time the word ‘budget’ comes up, or for that matter, ‘sequester’.

    But take into account that da prez wants everything HIS way, and is a sorry, stubborn, ego-centric, spoiled brat who does not know the meaning of the words ‘compromise’ or ‘leadership’ or ‘cooperation’. I guess he thought that threatening sequestration would get the GOP to cave in.


    Dontcha just wonder how many of those wetbacks are members of Sinaloa, and where they are headed?

  18. Common Sense says:

    May as well release them all since they’re now on the path to citizenship, right? In only 8 years while all those law-abiding future immigrants wait in line for decades and pay thousands of dollars.

  19. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    As of November 2011, nearly 60% of senators, 47% of representatives, and 1% of the US population were millionaires.