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Illegal Immigrants Released By ICE, Sequestration Blamed

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Illegal immigrants by the hundreds have been released from local jails in anticipation of automatic budget cuts brought on by sequestration. The sequester will cut 2 percent of the projected spending increase from the budget. Some county sheriffs have called the release of illegal aliens “dangerous” and “politically motivated.”

An Arizona sheriff in Pinal County told Fox News that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released more than 500 detained illegal immigrants in his county over the past weekend. A spokesperson for Sheriff Paul Babeu also maintained that ICE officials informed law enforcement agencies that nearly 10,000 illegal aliens will ultimately be set free. Although ICE officials have confirmed the release of illegal aliens, a specific number has not yet been verified.

Sheriff Babeu had this to say about ICE releasing illegal immigrants from county jails:

“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.”

ICE officials will allegedly keep the released illegal immigrants under supervision and will continue with plans to prosecute the pending cases. The “less costly” methods of detention are more in line with “available funding” according to a statement by the agency.

On Monday Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated that the agency would not be able to continue to maintain the 34,000 detention beds required by Congress. Napolitano also added that she is doing her best to “minimize the impacts of sequester.” The tent city jail in Maricopa County, Arizona turns 20 years old this summer, according to AZ Central. Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s tent city operates on a shoe-string budget.

Would Arpaio’s penny-pinching approach to incarceration offer a viable alternative for ICE if sequestration leaves the agency cash-strapped?

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7 Responses to “Illegal Immigrants Released By ICE, Sequestration Blamed”

  1. Dave Francis

    Democrats are blaming Republicans for the “Sequester” when it was President Obama signed it into law. Now he is using intimidation by alarming the American people, about the outcome of this law. All but in secrecy Homeland Security sent an interoffice memo to release up to 10,000 illegal aliens back on the streets. Whose going to take the blame when one of them commits an atrocity against an U.S citizen? The 40 million Tea Party members are watching carefully the Liberal-Democrats and the Socialist Czars who craft most of the laws, designed to cripple the America we know. Democrats are issuing more freebies to the unknown numbers of majority groups, the poor and the freeloaders. Food stamps are more or less being passed out on a “Carte Blanche” basis and even free cell phones to anybody who applies. Some GOP Senators and Congressional leaders are running scared, because of the loss of the general election, when the truth is slowly emerging of giant irregularities of non-citizens voting. Now we have legislators as John McCain, Lindsey Graham and others cringing to the demand that 20 to 30 million foreigners gain immediate legal status.

    Next on the Democrats list is passing another illegal Alien amnesty, with a previous 1986 (IRCA) was poorly organized and full of fraudulent application and yet 6 million illegal migrants and immigrants were awarded a Path to Citizenship. The law was dictated to as the new one gaining momentum by the special interests, agriculture, unions, faith groups, corporations yet not the General Public? A new well regulated law to enforce Guest Worker jobs should be imposed, but temporary and must leave once the visa is expired. Farmers should pay all, fees, benefits, health Care, wages and not handed down to the unsuspecting taxpayer. It is the same with new immigrants who must already have employment, a financially adequate sponsor, who must support their charge and not taxpayers. What did it bring us, millions of more procuring citizenship welfare and an intensification to encourage even more foreigners skirting our borders, smuggled children and families?

    The country is in a dire emergency with a 17 trillion dollar debt, with Obama’s minions spending and spending and demanding more taxes to pay for another amnesty if it is enacted. The last Amnesty is still being paid for in illegal municipal ordinances as Sanctuary Cities, and federal pushes as the Dream Act, crucifying the taxpayer with Family Unification Chain Migration adding even more millions of people who will need Social Security and money to live on when retired? Petition your Representative in Washington at NumbersUSA or make the effort to call them through the main government switchboard at 202) 224-3121. There are an estimated 23 million Americans either not working, but with pressing demand of big businesses their advocates that roam the halls of Congress still are gaining favors. The E-Verify provision of THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT must find passage in Congress, before any new immigration laws are given priority, also to include the 2006Secure Fence Act. Not one fence but at least two, stretching from Texas to California. In addition THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ACT to be voted on to stop the intentional smuggling of children into our nation from across the world, to gain immediate citizenship. These laws will draw to a close the hundreds of billions of dollars collected by people of foreign status.