HOMELAND SECURITY HEAD: MAYBE RELEASING THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WASN’T SUCH A GOOD IDEA | Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has admitted that the mass the mass release of hundreds of illegal immigrants from jail who were facing deportation in anticipation of sequestration-driven budget cuts wasn’t such a good idea. Some estimates put the number of detainees let go so far at 2,000 rather than the several hundred the Obama administration claims.
According to the New York Times, those sprung from ICE custody in various locations around the country including Hudson County, New Jersey, Polk County, Texas, Broward County, Florida, New Orleans, and in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, and New York. Some county sheriffs and other law enforcement officials have called the release of illegal aliens “dangerous” and “politically motivated.”
DHS PLANS TO RELEASE 5,000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DUE TO SEQUESTRATION |House investigators learned Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials developed plans to release about 5,000 illegal immigrant detainees, although Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has denied responsibility for the decision.
“An internal document obtained by the House Judiciary Committee shows that Administration officials at ICE prepared cold calculations to release thousands of criminal aliens onto the streets and did not demonstrate any consideration of the impact this decision would have on the safety of Americans,” committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced.
PERRY DECRIES RELEASE | Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a statement Monday decrying the release of undocumented immigrants by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the form of a letter to ICE Director John Morton, Perry called for a list of information on detainees who were released, according to a news release from Perry’s office. It is unknown how many undocumented immigrants have been released, though The Associated Press reported the number could be in the thousands.
LAWMAKERS ACCUSE NAPOLITANO OF USING BUDGET CRISIS TO FREE CRIMINAL ALIENS | House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) late Thursday questioned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano using the current budget crisis as rationale to release possibly thousands of criminal illegal immigrants into the general population.
ARIZONA IMMIGRATION-DETAINEE RELEASE OUTCRY INTENSIFIES | Arizona officials are demanding answers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton about the recent “mass release” of immigration detainees they say has undermined public safety and trust in the federal government.
Gov. Jan. Brewer has also directed two of her senior officials to file public-records requests in an attempt to get clarification about the numbers of detainees released and who ordered it, because it “seems like we can’t get any information from the horse’s mouth.”
Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Robert Halliday and state Department of Homeland Security Director Gilbert Orrantia complained to Morton in a letter sent Friday that they have yet to receive any official notification from ICE and that they need information to “better protect and serve Arizonans.”
NAPOLITANO CHANGES TUNE ON ILLEGAL ALIEN RELEASES | Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appears to be changing her story when she claimed on Monday that the release of 2,000 illegal aliens released from detention facilities is a normal process and has nothing to do with sequestration or the budget.
What started out as an allegation by Judicial Watch, a public-interest NGO (non-governmental organization), has now been confirmed: thousands of illegal aliens awaiting deportation were released from federal detention centers in recent weeks. However, President Barack Obama’s White House staff denied any involvement in the policy when reporters questioned officials throughout the weekend.