Last week it was announced that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has gutted the Border Patrol and blamed sequestration. Today it was announced that hundreds of illegal aliens have already been release from “local jails,” and sequester hasn’t happened yet. This is how Obama thinks he can pound Republicans into submission, get more tax hikes and get in the face of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who has righteously gotten into his a few times.
Never let a sequester go to waste, or miss an opportunity to keep every potential Democrat voter available.
Pinal County [Arizona] Sheriff Paul Babeu said Tuesday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released more than 500 detainees in his county alone over the weekend. A spokesman for Babeu told FoxNews.com that ICE officials have said they plan to release a total of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants…
Babeu described the move as a “mass budget pardon” and suggested the administration was going to unnecessary lengths to demonstrate the impact of the so-called sequester.
“President Obama would never release 500 criminal illegals to the streets of his hometown, yet he has no problem with releasing them in Arizona. The safety of the public is threatened and the rule of law discarded as a political tactic in this sequester battle,” he said. Source: Fox News
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH):
It is very hard for me to believe that they can’t find cuts elsewhere in their agency. I frankly think this outrageous. I’m looking for more facts, but I can’t believe that they can’t find the kind of savings they need out of that Department, short of letting criminals go free. (View the video at CBS News_)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA):
“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration. By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the Administration is needlessly endangering American lives. It also undermines our efforts to come together with the Administration and reform our nation’s immigration laws. Unfortunately, this Administration has a poor record of enforcing our immigration laws and has routinely sought to undermine them.”
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL):
“The Administration’s forced release of those in ICE custody further reduces the chances of reaching a bipartisan immigration accord.
There is no logical or rational reason why the 5.3 percent cut to ICE’s operating budget would have to result in forcing law officers to immediately release already-apprehended illegal aliens and fugitives in federal detention. The last thing you would do to meet a budget cut of this size would be to voluntarily undertake actions that undermine the rule of law and endanger the public safety. These savings could be much more safely and rationally achieved, considering that they will be distributed among such areas as facilities maintenance, equipment maintenance, communications, travel, etc. The Administration also had months to plan for this eventuality and could have developed numerous alternatives to this reckless action.
It is clear the Administration is using the sequester as a convenient excuse to bow to political pressure from the amnesty groups, as it did with its unilateral decision to confer legal status on millions who are not lawfully present. With this new action, the Administration has further demonstrated that it has no commitment to enforcing the law and cannot be trusted to deliver on any future promises of enforcement.” Source of Goodlatte and Sessions quotations Limits to Growth