Feb 26, 2013 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer
Given that the only illegal aliens they were keeping in jails anymore were ones with criminal records, we know the ones he’s releasing onto our streets are criminals who’ve don God-knows-what…
Excerpted from The Washington Times: The sequester is officially still three days away, but the Obama administration already is making the first cuts, with officials confirming that the Homeland Security Department already has released several hundred illegal immigrants from detention in order to save money.
The move is proving controversial. Immigrant-rights groups say it shows the administration was detaining folks it never should have gone after in the first place, while Republicans questioned the decision-making.
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.
The move first was reported by The Huffington Post on Monday.
The sequesters are $85 billion in spending cuts this year, followed by equivalent cuts for the rest of this decade. They were set in motion by the 2011 debt deal and will require across-the-board cuts to all government spending save for entitlements such as Social Security.
The cuts take effect on Friday, and all sides on Capitol Hill say they want to avert them — though they cannot agree on how to do so.
The Obama administration, which wants to see the cuts replaced in large part by new tax increases, has warned that the sequesters will hurt national security.
Excerpted from POLITICO: WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is releasing some illegal immigrants being held in immigration jails in advance of automatic budget cuts set to go into effect later this week.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Gillian Christensen, says the immigrants were being held around the country and being released and “placed on an appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release.” She did not say how many immigrants were released or how they were selected.
Congress requires that ICE maintain 34,000 immigration detention beds. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Monday that the mandatory cuts would impact the entire department, and specifically mentioned the cost of maintaining jail beds.