Did you know that we have a set percentage of illegal aliens that we must keep behind bars? We do and that number is 34,000, by law, regardless of sequestration and ordered to be reduced to 25 percent by TODAY. The Department of Homeland Security has reduced the number to 31,000 with more coming – reductions “significantly greater” than Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) budget reduction required by sequester. So, the short story, thousands of jailed illegal aliens are being released into our population, that needn’t be released. This is a story of unelected bureaucrats defying Congress and the Rule of Law. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was in a Governor’s meeting with Obama the day before the releases began, and was not notified at that time, or at any time, that aliens would be roaming Arizona streets once again. In the photo below, the caption is direct from Border Patrol Local 2544′s website.
The law requires ICE to maintain an average of 34,000 illegal immigrant detainees in its detention facilities. However, Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Wednesday that DHS reported fewer than 31,000 detainees as of last week, “in clear violation of the statute.”
According to Jessica Vaughan, policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, ICE was recently ordered to reduce its detainee populations even further.
“Last week, ICE field offices all over the country were ordered to reduce the number of detainees from 34,000 to 25,000 by March 1,” Vaughan said in a post on the group’s website…
ICE has refused to say how many detainees would be released and did not respond to requests to confirm Vaughan’s statistics.
According to a Wednesday letter from McCaul to ICE chief John Morton, ICE’s low detainee population was in violation of federal law even before the additional reductions ordered last week.
McCaul said the decision to release more detainees even as DHS failed to satisfy its statutory detention requirements “reflects the lack of resource prioritization within the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is indicative of the department’s weak stance on national security.”
The congressman also expressed concerns that ICE did not consult Congress before deciding to release further detainees. Source: Washington Free Beacon
None of the above has anything to do with the White House, of course, or the resignation of Gary Mead, the agency’s “top enforcement and deportation official, who announce he was leaving “within hours” of coming prisoner releases.
ICE border patrol agents are anguished by the leadership of the organization, John Morton, read those stories here and if you want to know what Arizona Border Patrol Union Local 2544 thinks of Homeland Security, that story is here. What Rule of Law? There ain’t no stinkin’ Rule of Law.
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