Rep. Black Questions Napolitano Over ICE Release of Illegal Aliens

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)

Outraged over the release of illegal aliens from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) sent a letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security. In the letter, which was obtained by Buzzfeed, questions the motivations behind the decision:

Using the sequester as an excuse to initiate this unprecedented  mass release of illegal immigrants is a patently political and deliberate move that undermines law enforcement  and places our nation’s security at risk.

In addition to releasing illegal immigrants already in custody, you have stated your intent to use the sequester to circumvent the law and to further limit your Department’s detention and removal efforts.  During a White House news briefing on February 25, 201 3 you stated, “Under sequestration, ICE will be forced to reduce detention and removal and would not be able to maintain the 34,000 detention beds as required by Congress.”

Black’s letter echoes many of the same questions raised House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Grassley in their own letter submitted to Napolitano. As reported in The Hill, they asked why the illegal aliens were released when DHS has more than $9 billion in unobligated funds:

While the Department released illegal alien detainees into the population on the basis of cost cutting, we find this decision particularly troubling because the Department has carried or will carry forward billions of dollars in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.  Last year, the Department announced an unobligated balance of over $8 billion.  The Office of Management and Budget projected that at the end of fiscal year 2013, the Department would have more than $9 billion in unobligated funds.

Simply blaming budget reductions as a means to turn a blind eye toward the national security of the American people is a dangerous plan and one that calls into question the Department’s preparations for sequestration.




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    I find it strange (not really) that if this administration thinks we need millions more people, why didn’t they let American citizens out of jail instead of illegal aliens? Is Washington really dumb enough to think they will report to their probation officer? They’re already lined up at the welfare offices or out commiting whatever crimes they can think of. The insanity continues.

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    Is there ever anything more serious that happens to Napolitano than being “questioned”. How about having to appear in court, under oath, folllowed by being questioned by a few thousand American citizens?

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      Mass Immigration Is Unsustainable on

      Have you ever watched her at a hearing with her disdainful brushing off of the questioner? Total contempt for Congress and it’s oversight function. SSSSOOOO arrogant.

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      John WInthrop on

      kfc if you have the ability to do a better job why not…..besides anybody that will be there will be subject to his/her superiors and therefore will behave no differently or accordingly ELSE will be fired.