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.