House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) late Thursday questioned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano using the current budget crisis as rationale to release possibly thousands of criminal illegal immigrants into the general population.
“In the tradition of the Obama administration to ‘never let a good crisis go to waste,’ lawmakers are fuming over the thought that the administration is using the sequestration debacle to provide themselves with cover to release more illegal aliens from detention facilities,” said former police detective Iris Aquino.
“If these criminal aliens kill an American or two, it’s a small price to pay for so many votes,” Det. Aquino said with obvious sarcasm. “Besides, Obama and his news media sycophants will figure out some way to blame the GOP for the released criminal aliens and for any crimes they commit.”
In a letter to Napolitano, Goodlatte and Grassley wrote, “The Department has decided to release criminal aliens into the population even though detention beds are below their average daily requirement of 34,000…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.”
Goodlatte and Grassley also wrote that they “received information that ICE is ‘mass releasing’ aliens convicted of fraud, theft, or drunk driving offenses, as these aliens are not considered to be subject to mandatory detention. According to other reports, illegal aliens who are documented gang members and those who have been arrested for but not convicted of a serious crime are also being released. Additionally, it is reported that fugitives and aliens with final removal orders are also being released. According to information we have obtained, many of these aliens are being released on simple recognizance.”
Goodlatte and Grassley added, “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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