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    Obama Administration Released Over 600 Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Convictions

    Sharyl Attkisson / August 12, 2014
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    During the three weeks leading up to sequestration, ICE released hundreds of immigrants who had criminal convictions. (Photo: Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

    More than 600 convicted criminals, including felons, were among thousands of illegal immigrants freed under the Obama administration in advance of 2013 budget cuts mandated under sequestration.

    That’s according to a new report today from the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security.

    According to the IG’s report, at least two-dozen “aliens” were released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement even though they were in a “mandatory detention category.” (After an internal review, ICE later redetained them.)

    The report provides a scathing portrayal of budget mismanagement and flawed processes at the highest levels inside the nation’s immigration enforcement agency.


    During the three weeks leading up to sequestration, from Feb. 9 to March 1, ICE released 2,226 immigrant detainees, including more than 600 with criminal convictions. (Photo: Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/MCT/Newscom)

    Politically Motivated Decisions?

    The atmosphere leading up to sequestration in early 2013 was politically charged. President Obama claimed the automatic budget cuts would hurt the economy, health care and emergency responders, and that federal prosecutors would have to “let criminals go.”

    Republicans accused the administration of trying to create the appearance of a crisis by making high-profile cuts they claimed were unnecessary, such as halting White House public tours and mass-releasing illegal immigrants.

    During the three weeks leading up to sequestration, from Feb. 9 to March 1, ICE released 2,226 immigrant detainees—617 of whom had criminal convictions. Approximately 1,450 were freed the last weekend before sequestration. The field offices that released the most criminal convicts include Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta and Chicago.


    Chart: Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security Report, p. 37

    ‘Sharp and Immediate Reduction’

    It was Radha Sekar, ICE’s chief financial Officer, who decided on the “sharp and immediate reduction in detention bed space,” according to the IG. The report did not describe other officials or processes involved in approving and implementing Sekar’s decision.

    The IG said that in the months prior to sequestration, ICE officials responsible for enforcement and removing aliens repeatedly asked Sekar for information on available funding but did not receive it. ICE was strapped by a stark increase in illegal immigrant apprehensions and had not developed contingency plans to address its budget shortfall.

    About a week before sequestration, Sekhar notified the White House Office of Management and Budget of ICE’s funding problem and requested $22 million. But ICE inexplicably moved forward with the mass releases without waiting to hear whether the White House would provide the requested funds that would make the releases unnecessary.

    “We were not able to determine why ICE executive leadership did not wait for OMB to make a decision on releasing additional funding,” stated the IG report.

    Further, ICE’s instructions to release illegal immigrants over a weekend meant tax dollars were spent to pay overtime for field officers and, in 23 out of 24 field offices, it meant ICE attorneys did not have the opportunity to review cases before release.


    After the Associated Press reported in March 2013 that the Obama administration had released more than 2,000 immigrants over a three-week period, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano said the story was ‘not really accurate.’ (Photo: James Tourtellotte/Creative Commons)

    Misinformation Provided to Congress and the Public

    When the media and Congress began asking questions about the controversial releases in February and March of 2013, the IG says ICE executive leadership rushed answers and, in doing so, gave “inaccurate” information to Congress and the public.

    In March 2013, when the Associated Press reported the administration had released more than 2,000 immigrants over a three-week period, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano stated the AP story was “not really accurate” and that it had developed “its own mythology.”

    “Several hundred [releases] are related to sequester, but it wasn’t thousands,” Napolitano stated incorrectly on March 4, 2013.

    Nine days later, ICE director John Morton testified to Congress that his agency had, indeed, “released 2,228 aliens” (later revised to 2,226).

    “We were trying to live within the budget that Congress had provided us,” Morton said, denying any political motivations. “This was not a White House call. I take full responsibility.”

    That much appears to be true. Today’s IG report states, “We obtained no evidence ICE sought or received guidance about the timing or nature of the detainee budgetary releases from [Napolitano] or the Executive Office of the President.”

    Moreover, according to the report, ICE attorneys reviewed the releases and concluded the agency made reasonable decisions given the short time frame.


    President Obama claimed that federal prosecutors would have to ‘let criminals go’ because of budget cuts. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Newscom)

    Problems Persist

    Despite the debacle, the IG has determined:

    ICE still has no effective strategy to manage its detention budget.
    ICE’s ability to track expenditures and available funding has not improved.
    ICE has not improved communication or transparency with key stakeholders.

    Homeland Security officials told the IG they still have difficulty obtaining sufficient information from Sekar to conduct adequate oversight, even though ICE falls under Homeland Security’s supervision.

    “ICE must develop a transparent budget process, delegate detention management functions to field offices, and engage Congress to fund detention bed space fully with multiple year or no year appropriations,” concluded the IG.

    Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and John McCain, R-Ariz., requested the IG review.

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    DHS broke law in releasing hundreds of criminal aliens: Audit

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    The Obama administration broke the law when it released thousands of illegal immigrants, more than 600 of whom had criminal records, last February as a result of poor planning and micromanagement from Washington, according to an internal audit released Tuesday that says things have not improved in the 18 months since.

    Compounding matters, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave bad information to Congress, initially blaming the looming budget sequester, rather than the agency’s own budget pressures, the Homeland Security inspector general concluded.

    In the new report the IG does clear top Homeland Security officials of accusations they pressured ICE to do the releases in order to create more pain from the sequesters. Instead, investigators said the problems lay at the senior levels of ICE, itself, finding that top officials botched planning, didn’t inform their own superiors of the problems, and didn’t even know the law required them to hold 34,000 immigrants a day until they were reminded of it by congressional staffers.

    “In this single action, ICE undermined its own credibility, the rule of law, and the safety of Americans and local law enforcement,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who requested the report along with Sen. John McCain. “This report provides more evidence that our nation’s immigration laws are being flagrantly disregarded. Americans need to be assured the problems within ICE that led to the dangerous release of illegal aliens will be fixed and DHS and ICE will never again violate the law by releasing known criminals into our streets.”

    ICE released nearly 1,500 immigrants in one late February weekend, just ahead of the March 1, 2013, start of the sequesters, or across-the-board cuts.

    When the releases became public, ICE agents had to try to round up many of the immigrants they had released after being told the law designated some of them as “mandatory” detainees because of public safety risks or fears they might abscond.

    In its official reply, ICE said it was “committed to addressing the issues” raised, and asserted it’s already begin.

    Part of the problem is that while the law requires ICE to maintain a daily average of 34,000 detention beds, it only has funding for about 31,000. The rest of the money comes from fees and other uncertain income, which fell short in 2013.

    Instead of asking for full funding for 34,000 beds, the administration has asked to lower the number to about 30,500 beds instead — even as it acknowledges it needs more beds to house the Central American families surging across the border this year.

    In its official response, ICE also took pains to distinguish between detention beds and actual detainees — suggesting that while Congress requires it to maintain space, the administration argues it is not required to make sure those beds are filled.

    “The language of the provision from the appropriations act does not indicate a specific daily population, but rather requires DHS to maintain a level of detention beds,” said Radha C. Sekar, executive associate director of management and administration at ICE, adding that it was “important to clarify” the difference.

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    Genevieve Wood Explains Dangerous Release of 600 Convicted Criminals

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    [Watch] Violent Illegal Aliens Released – Sheriff Arpaio Says DHS Inspector General Must Investigate

    Posted on 14 August, 2014 by Rick Wells



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    It’s a complaint Sheriff Joe Arpaio has voice on numerous occasions before and it’s one he still hasn’t gotten an explanation for. He’s done the research and he has the statistics to back up his assertions. Thirty-five percent of the violent illegal alien criminals in his jail who he turns over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, end up returning to his jails on a subsequent arrest and offense.
    He raised the issue this time, as he has before, with Neil Cavuto.
    Arpaio said, “Three-thousand people in my jails, committing serious crime here illegally, we turned them over to ICE and 35 percent keep coming back, how do you figure that out? Either they’re let out on the street or they keep coming back again. This is my third letter to the Department of Homeland Security, they always send me a Mickey Mouse form letter.”
    Arpaio knows that he’s wasting his time dealing with the DHS hierarchy. This time he’s going over their head, to the Inspector General for action. That IG was the source for a recent stinging report on the release of illegals into the American general population and he’s hoping for some real action.
    Of his latest letter, Arpaio said, “I’m going to address it to the Inspector General of Homeland Security. I want a complete investigation. I have all the statistics, come on down. I will help them, and I want to find out what’s going on for years. I’m getting a little bit impatient on what the government is doing, smoke and mirrors.”
    It’s not just smoke and mirrors, the sheriff left out criminality and obstruction. Those are two of the primary functions of this regime. It’s what they do best.

    Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please “Like” him on Facebook, “Follow” him on Twitter or visit www.rickwells.us


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    Developing Report: Obama Releases Over 600 Criminal Illegal Immigrants, Including Felons

    Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 5:33 pm.
    by: Conservative Infidel



    More than 600 convicted criminals, including felons, were among thousands of illegal immigrants freed under the Obama administration in advance of 2013 budget cuts mandated under sequestration.
    That’s according to a new report today from the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security.
    The Obama administration released 2,226 immigrant detainees, 617 of whom had criminal convictions.
    According to the IG’s report, at least two-dozen “aliens” were released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement even though they were in a “mandatory detention category.” (After an internal review, ICE later redetained them.)
    The report provides a scathing portrayal of budget mismanagement and flawed processes at the highest levels inside the nation’s immigration enforcement agency.
    Politically Motivated Decisions?
    The atmosphere leading up to sequestration in early 2013 was politically charged. President Obama claimed the automatic budget cuts would hurt the economy, health care and emergency responders, and that federal prosecutors would have to “let criminals go.”
    Republicans accused the administration of trying to create the appearance of a crisis by making high-profile cuts they claimed were unnecessary, such as halting White House public tours and mass-releasing illegal immigrants.
    During the three weeks leading up to sequestration, from Feb. 9 to March 1, ICE released 2,226 immigrant detainees—617 of whom had criminal convictions. Approximately 1,450 were freed the last weekend before sequestration. The field offices that released the most criminal convicts include Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta and Chicago.

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