Within the last two weeks, Judicial Watch uncovered a major scandal inside the USDA, where taxpayers have been funding an expensive “cultural sensitivity” program that requires federal employees to bang on tables and repeat the words, “The Pilgrims were illegal aliens,” among other ridiculous chants.
And now this week the Obama administration announces, using the excuse of sequestration, it simply doesn’t have enough money to detain illegal alien lawbreakers. And so criminals of all kinds are now roaming the streets in cities across America looking for their next victims.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released “several hundred” immigrants from deportation centers across the country, saying the move ‘is an effort to cut costs ahead of budget cuts due to hit later this week.’
Announcing the news Tuesday, ICE officials said that the immigrants were released under supervision and continue to face deportation. After reviewing hundreds of cases, those released were considered low-risk and “noncriminal,” officials said.
That’s right, they call them “low-risk” and “non-criminal.” Now where did we hear this before?
Oh, yes – back in 2010, when the Obama administration’s “selective deportation” scheme first exploded into the news. At the time, it was reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton had authorized ICE attorneys via an internal memo to block deportation proceedings for illegal aliens who were deemed “low-risk.”
But that turned out to be an utter fabrication. A spreadsheet obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) listed the specific violent crimes that immigration officials were prepared to overlook. They included: sexual assault, solicitation of murder, aggravated assault, assaulting a police officer, and kidnapping, as well as numerous drug charges.
But setting this aside for the moment, if nearly three years ago only those illegal aliens deemed “low risk” were released, what names do you suppose would be left in the ICE database? That’s right. “high risk” illegal aliens, which are evidently the individuals who are now being subject to this new component of the Obama administration’s amnesty agenda.
We also heard reference to the well-behaved illegal alien Carlos Martinelly-Montano, who killed a nun while driving drunk in Prince William County, VA, in August 2010. Judicial Watch fought tooth-and-nail to obtain an internal Obama Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on Montano, who had reportedly been arrested and detained several times prior to the accident. (Once again, we had to file a lawsuit against the DHS to get the report.) And what did we learn?
After being arrested for a series of crimes, including reckless driving and driving under the influence on no less than four occasions, Montano was repeatedly released by authorities, including the DHS.
The reason given by the Obama administration for releasing an illegal alien criminal then is the same reason we’re being given now – not enough resources. According to the report, “In 2008, when the decision was made to release Montano, fewer beds were available in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.” The report also points to government policies that allowed immigration officials “broad discretion” about how to use detention resources.
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