White House Says ICE to Blame for Release of Illegal Aliens

White House Says ICE to Blame for Release of Illegal Aliens

“The White House said Wednesday that it had nothing to do with the decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release immigrants awaiting deportation back into the country in order to save money ahead of the looming budget ‘sequesters.’
‘This was a decision made by career officials at ICE without any input from the White House as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution as well as possible sequestration,’ spokesman Jay Carney told reporters,” the Washington Times reports.

House Panel Says No to Rushed Immigration Debate

“The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee laid out a go-slow approach on immigration Wednesday, saying he doesn’t think having President Obama write a bill and demand that Congress vote on it would be successful. Senators are racing against a White House-imposed deadline to write legislation before Mr. Obama sends his own version. But Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, said his panel will take time to hold hearings on each part of immigration reform and that he hasn’t decided whether to write a single broad bill, as Mr. Obama has requested, or to take it up piece by piece,” the Washington Times writes.

What’s Are DHS’ Real Priorities – Sequester Edition

“The very first dollars the federal government stopped spending in the face of sequestration were the $16,400 to $164,000 per day it spends detaining ‘several hundred’ illegal immigrants,” National Review’s Jim Geraghty says.

“I suppose you could say not informing local and state law enforcement was a cost-saving measure, too. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery tells Arizona reporters that ‘we don’t know what the criteria was to determine who was safe to release… we don’t know why they were detained in the first place, or the crimes they may have committed.'”

“The editors of the Arizona Republic reassuringly inform us, ‘These may all be non-violent offenders, but no one knows. We simply have no way to measure how much, if at all, our communities have been made less safe.'”

DHS Official Resigns in Wake of Illegal Alien Release

“The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his retirement the same day the agency said that hundreds of people facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to looming budget cuts, according to a letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The government said he had told his bosses weeks ago that he planned to retire,” the AP reports.

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    Apology for the last sentence in my comment. I decided to delete that sentence and quite obviously it did not occur. When I edited, this no longer appeared on my site……..sorry for any confusion.
    The last comment about amnesty is the final comment, so please disregard the partial sentence.

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    When will Americans stop listening to the hype from the Obama administration and Janet Napolitano?
    These two coexist within the confines of a collective goal: destroy the Constitution and embrace Mexico’s goal of :”cleaning house”. These two have created a world of deceit which includes blaming the immigration and naturalization officials for “…… releasing illegals awaiting deportation back into our country to save money ahead of the budget sequesters.” This is so preposterous it is insulting!

    This president has determined that his actions are above reproach and he and his counterparts simply lie when the truth would be better! Their plans for amnesty are all-encompassing and have been constructed by Obama, Napolitano and their henchmen. It matters not that the end result will morph America from a great and powerful nation to yet another Third World Country, for no nation can absorb the least of another country’s people without initiating environmental and physical destruction within it’s borders.
    Listen to the cries of our scientists: our water and our geographical resources are being depleted at an astronomical speed due to overpopulation. The future of all legal Americans to maintain the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is in jeopardy as a direct result of the illegal alien crisis.

    The facts depicting this nation’s descent into fiscal despair do not require a quantum leap of financial wizardry. Congress and the Obama administration blatantly represent criminals from Mexico (for they are criminals, they have crossed our borders illegally and have broken federal law) instead of America’s citizens. This path they follow is treason and is punishable by law.
    Our cowardly leaders continue to tell us that we must accept that our taxes will be increasing and our healthcare and welfare systems are stretched to the maximum and must be eradicated.
    The simple answer is to deport the millions of mexican illegal aliens and there will be no financial crisis. Our healthcare, social security, IRS and welfare programs will revert to the standards which originally generated the positive ebb and flow of America’s financial health.

    It is time president obama and his family, in addition to Washington’s electorate, walk the walk in America’s schools and within the cities and towns in which the American citizens’ lives are impacted by the mexican illegal aliens. The vision of building a new world for mexico’s least educated and trainable will crumble under this scrutiny.
    Amnesty, president obama? I think not.

    The formula is a simple one: deport the mexican illegal aliens and this nation will no longer have to listen to the lies from

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    Before we spend more of our taxpayer dollars on securing our borders, we should stop business’s in this country from hiring illegal immigrants. And if they don’t stop, they should be fined heavely for doing so. Now just give this some thought, If the illegal immigrants knew there were no jobs avaiable for them. Why would they come
    here looking for work?

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    Anything Obama thinks might upset people “It wasn’t me” Does anyone want that in leadership? NOT ME! What is up with all of the F&CK The U.S.A Mentality? I say it is from him. Don’t forget what his PREACHER SAID! WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD ANY IDIOT WANT COMMUNISM IS BEYOND ME! Look at all of the timing of all of this. I SAY ALL GOV. ESPECIALLY DUMBOCRAPS HAVE A HIDDEN AND COMPLETELY SELFISH AGENDA!

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    In order for border control to be effective, we have to first remove the incentive for illegals to enter “OUR” country. First item: remove those in our government who support or allow these illegals to stay once they have broken our laws to enter the country by sneaking in. When caught they should have 2 options leave the same way they came or be forcibly incarcerated at hard labor doing infrastructure work for their meals.
    2nd: Force the “Morons” in Congress and the Supreme Court to follow the guidelines of the Constitution as it was written, and not the way they think it should be. The Constitution is our founding document and the original Articles should not be open to interpretation by individuals who are appointed by some knucklehead who thinks he knows more of whats “Good” for us than we do.

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      AMEN, how can the so called leader of this country not know what thugs are doing OR NOT DOING!!!!

      MORE of his lying and blame the other thugs!

      NO respect for OUR so called leaders.

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    Gloria Wedemeyer on

    I just heard JanBrewer on a news report stating she asked for the names and offenses of the people that were released and has heard nothing yet or who made the decision. Just another Fast and Furious, another Benghazi
    and all the other things that Obama has placed executive privilege on so as not to release records.

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      Those who have spoken up have been threatened by the Obama administration. We are living under a gestapo administration. Look what they are doing to Bob Woodruff for telling the truth about Obama owning the sequester
      mania!!! Obama is fighting those who oppose him tooth and nail…he has ordered millions of extra bullets, 600 fema camps built and already equipped with foreign guards stationed around them, thousands of prepared meals ordered…why all of these operations if Obama does not expect an uprising????

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    Gloria Wedemeyer on

    I agree with Mary. The white house never seems to know what is going on with anything but Obama says he works around the clock, doing what I would like to know. I don’t agree with amnesty under any circumstances.
    They are so worried about the illegals and don’t even want them to be called “illegal” and not worrying about all the citizens not having jobs, about all the people along the border who have to put with the crap of illegals crossing their property every day and being afraid or having to take care of the litter, or of all the millions of people who have come here the right way. They all need to go back home and come the right way. I put Americans first.

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    It’s amazing how much the administration is unaware what is going on eg. fast and furious, Benganzi, and now release of jailed illegals—what do they know except campaining and dividing this country!

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      You may or may not know this, but Oba,ma has ordered our 5 nuclear aircraft carriers to port in Norfolk, supposedly for “repairs” This can lead to another pearl harbor. This so called “president” should be impeached before he has our country attacked by the same countries like Libya, that Muslim country he loves so much he gave them our tanks and many of our best fighter jets. God help us all if he remains much longer as the “Liar in chief” He is hell bent on destroying us. If he disarms us we have no way to fight back. We will be prisoners and slaves (again) in our own country.

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    So, either the WH directed this action, which is what I really suspect happened as part of Obama’s scare the people about sequestration campaign, or Team Obama didn’t know what one of its major agencies was doing until it was, ah, too late. Insidious or incompetent — take your pick.

    Either way, that ICE guy who suddenly resigned/retired immediately after the illegal aliens were released ought to be subpoenaed to appear before a congressional committee and put under oath to answer some questions about why the WH, or he, thought releasing incarcerated illegal aliens before the sequester even began was a good idea.

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    More BS & pass the buck from the White House in regards to the illegal alien release blame. When the American people demand, that our utterly spineless Congress hold BO and his lawless administration accountable and transparent?

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    Stop the Finger Pointing for Blame on Lack of Immigration Law Enforcement

    And all the agencies involved, especially upper management, should simply look in the mirror.

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    Let him send his “own version”. It will be obvious it’s unacceptable because reportedly it will still give amnesty to those who served less than five years in jail. See how many Americans buy that, considering we’ve been told what a wonderful addition to the country these people would be.