American Elephants


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?



The Rose-Colored Glasses Are Beginning To Come Off. by The Elephant's Child

There are cracks in the firmament, or perhaps I should say in the rose-colored glasses. The head of the NAACP has said the obvious out loud, that President Obama has not been good for black Americans. Unemployment rates for Black Americans remain way too high, and for black youth they are off the charts.

Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement 118, told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday that President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security care more about “special interests” in the Democratic campaign base than the lives of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. This is the ICE Union boss.

“Death or serious injury to ICE officers and agents appears more acceptable to ICE, DHS, and Administration leadership, than the public complaints that would be lodged by special interest groups representing illegal aliens,” Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement 118, told the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon.

Crane based that statement on the way government policies handcuff the ICE officers charged with enforcing immigration laws, such as the policy that bans using tasers on illegal immigrants even though law enforcement is authorized to use them on U.S. citizens in the course of an arrest.” ICE will not approve this equipment for political reasons,” Crane, a former United States Marine, explained.

Obama ‘s decision to implement the DREAM Act without congressional approval — “deferred action for childhood arrivals” (DACA) — has made it almost impossible to enforce the law. ICE immigration agents have been instructed to accept an illegal alien’s claim as to whether he or she graduated or is attending high school or college or otherwise qualifies for DACA. Immigration agents have heard illegal immigrants coaching about how to lie about their qualification for DACA privileges. ICE union members agreed in 2010 that they have “no confidence in the ability of the people Obama has appointed to run the agency.

Ed Whitacre, former CEO of General Motors appointed by Obama, has a new book out: American Turnaround. Whitacre initially believed that the government wanted to help the company survive and thrive. He found out that was not true. Their goal was not to maximize profits to ensure GM survival, but to keep control of the company as long as possible, to keep its union allies fat and happy and to pleas its green buddies by forcing GM to produce hybrid vehicles that the vast majority of Americans cannot afford, and perhaps never will.

He said the partial  IPO that the bankers allowed went well, but on that day, GM didn’t just get a few additional orders for the $20.1 billion offering, but orders worth $86 billion— enough that GM could have repaid the government the entire $43 billion it owed, but given the taxpayers a nice profit on top of that.

In a recent New York Times op-ed, David Rothkopf said that Obama’s lack of experience , and never having  an executive or leadership role in his career, makes him unsuited for running government effectively. Obama is a lousy manager.

But Mr. Obama and his team would benefit, as they begin the second term, by acknowledging that many of the biggest problems facing the administration flow directly from the man at the top. Mr. Obama is a lousy manager. As chief executive he gets a C — and then only if graded on a curve that takes into account his predecessor’s managerial weaknesses.

Often people with no management experience — academics, writers or politicians who have never run an office with more than a handful of people — are put in charge of giant, complicated government agencies or processes. In part this is because so many people in government mistakenly believe that being able to articulate ideas is the same as being able to put ideas into action.

In the New York Times.  They probably allowed the criticism because Mr. Rothkopf went on about Mr. Obama’s “notable achievements” which I would hardly agree are achievements, but then Mr. Rothkopf is clearly a chartered leftist, the publisher of Foreign Policy magazine. The whole op-ed is fairly amusing, and a window into leftist thinking, such as it is. Lots of sheer nonsense, and a few partly sensible suggestions.

The rose-colored glasses are beginning to come off, a little. Maybe they will even start photographing the president without the ubiquitous halo around his head. Comedian Chris Rock has created some real humor on the right today, by claiming that the president is our Boss, and the Obamas are our Mom and Dad, and we should mind them. Huh.

 




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