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Yes, They Did Release 2,228 Illegal Aliens, And Blamed It On the Sequester. by The Elephant's Child

Who me? Not my fault! After weeks of denials, the Obama administration acknowledged last Thursday that it had, in fact released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants from immigration jails due to “budget concerns” during three weeks in February.

The “sequester,” about which there have been endless scare-tactics from the administration about all the horrible things that were going to happen, furloughs, layoffs, children without immunizations, long lines at the airport and so on and on, is concerned with cutting back on the increases to the budget, not in cutting back already appropriated funds, so it’s all smoke and mirrors, anyway

The administration insisted then that only a “few hundred” illegals were released for budgetary reasons, and insisted that a March 1 report by the AP that Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had released 2,000 illegals in February and planned to release more than 3,000 others due to “budget constraints.” Intense criticism led to a temporary shutdown of the plan.

John Morton, director of ICE told a congressional panel on Thursday that the agency had actually released 2,228 illegals from immigration jails over the course of three weeks. beginning Feb. 9, for what he described as “solely budgetary reasons.” They included 10 people considered the highest level of offender.

Morton said that the decision to release the immigrants was not discussed with political appointees in the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. He said the pending automatic cuts “known as sequestration was driving the background.”

Subcommittee chairman Rep. John Carter (R-TX) said:

At the time this release started, the president of the United States was going around the country telling people what the pain was going to be from sequester. That’s a fact. That was the atmosphere. It was Chicken Little, the sky is falling, almost.”

They have recaptured  4 of the highest level of offenders. Those who were released still eventually face deportation and are required to appear for upcoming court hearings, but no longer are confined in immigration jails, where they cost, according to “advocacy experts” $164 a day. They prefer supervised release with conditions, check-ins, and GPS devices at 30¢ to $14 per day. Is this any way to run a government?

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