Brewer: Release of Hundreds of Illegals Ahead of Cuts 'Height of Absurdity'

This President will inflict as much pain and damage as he can and blame it on the right. How dare he release criminals into the streets without one ounce of concern for the public safety.  He didn't have to do this. It's just a dog and pony show! 

Also, I have seen all sorts of comments coming out from Bob Woodward slamming Obama this morning on all fronts. Of course the left is now going after Woodward, and he is one of their own.  I truly think Obama relishes in inflicting pain on all of us.

Arizona officials — from the statehouse to Capitol Hill — were outraged on Tuesday at the Obama administration’s release of hundreds of illegal immigrants held in local jails to save money as huge budget cuts loom.

“I’m appalled to learn the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun to release hundreds of illegal aliens from custody, the first of potentially thousands to soon be freed under the guise of federal budget cuts,” said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has long battled the White House on immigration matters. “This is pure political posturing and the height of absurdity, given that the releases are being granted before the federal sequestration cuts have even gone into effect.”

In Pinal County, about 70 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Sheriff Paul Babeau told Newsmax, the release of hundreds of detainees over the weekend was “outrageous and unacceptable, because there’s a direct and immediate impact to public safety of families in my county.

“These are criminal illegals,” Babeau added. “They were headed for deportation — but now, they have received a budget pardon.”

And Arizona Sen. John McCain, told Newsmax, “We’re very concerned about this.”

The 2008 GOP presidential candidate met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday at the White House to discuss immigration reform.

“People shouldn’t be released who have been incarcerated,” McCain said.

The illegal immigrants were released after their cases were reviewed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said ICE spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen.

The agency falls under Homeland Security, headed by Secretary Janet Napolitano, a former Arizona attorney general and its governor from 2003-2009.

About $85 billion in cross-government cuts are scheduled to go into effect on Friday. About 5.3 percent of the ICE budget would be cut.

“As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” Christensen said in a statement. “Over the last week, ICE has reviewed several hundred cases and placed these individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention.

“All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings,” Christensen added. “Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety.”

The illegals were granted supervised release, she said. Under supervised release, defendants in immigration cases must abide by a strict reporting schedule that might include attending appointments at regional ICE offices and telephonic and electronic monitoring.

Christensen said that she could not specify how many detainees had been released — nationally or in Arizona — or when the releases began.

But a source who was not authorized to speak on the record told Newsmax that slightly more than 300 immigrants had been released across the country since last Thursday — with about 50 from Pinal County facilities — and all were classified as low-security threats.

Still, Babeau said that any release of illegals in Pinal County, regardless of how they’re designated by ICE, posed a threat because two major interstate highways intersected in the county. “We are one of the most-impacted counties in the country for drugs and human smuggling.”

Pinal County, located in central Arizona, is located between Phoenix and Tucson. It spans about 5,400 square miles and has about 400,000 residents. The Sheriff’s Department, with 214 sworn deputies, manages a jail with about 1,500 inmates, Babeau said.

“A lot of these people weren’t even arrested here. They weren’t arrested in my county,” he said. “A lot of them were arrested in Phoenix or somewhere else, and they’re brought into my county — and now, they are released on the streets and in my neighborhoods.”

Further, it doesn’t matter that the illegals are now on supervised release, the sheriff added.

“It is unacceptable for anyone to believe that’s feasible. These are people who have defied and disrespected our law to come into our country — and we’ve had a problem even stopping them from coming into our sovereign country — so how do we think we’re going to be able to supervise release for criminal illegals?” Babeau asked. “They don’t respect the law.”

Meanwhile, other GOP legislators on Capitol Hill joined with McCain in blasting the White House over the detainee releases.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama said they jeopardized the chances for a deal on immigration reform between the White House and Congress.

“It is clear the Administration is using the [budget cuts known as the sequester] as a convenient excuse to bow to political pressure from the amnesty groups, as it did with its unilateral decision to confer legal status on millions who are not lawfully present,” Sessions said.

“With this new action, the administration has further demonstrated that it has no commitment to enforcing the law and cannot be trusted to deliver on any future promises of enforcement.”

And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte was just as brutal.

“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” the Virginia Republican said.

“By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the Administration is needlessly endangering American lives,” he added. “It also undermines our efforts to come together with the administration and reform our nation’s immigration laws.”

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Just read this today, Robin:

Barack Obama Pulls a Move Almost Worthy of Saddam Hussein

Shortly before U.S. troops stormed Iraq to oust its dictator, Saddam Hussein released thousands of prisoners from Iraqi jails. Some were petty criminals, some were hardcore, some were terrorists. Hussein unleashed them to build his own popularity and to sow chaos.

The cynicism of the move is breathtaking, even for this cynical administration. The “current fiscal climate” is one in which we are spending more than a trillion dollars per year than we take in. The 2009 stimulus spending is locked in. The sequestration threatens just $22 billion this year — and the president gets to choose where to cut. If the sky falls, it’s being brought down on our heads by this unethical rogue president.

So these releases are his choice. And he’s choosing them for pure racial politics and demagoguery. He’ll blame it all on Republicans, while shoring himself up with the amnesty chorus.

More: The president is also threatening to drop our border guard. In a rational age, these acts would be impeachable. Not too many years ago Californians recalled a governor for offering drivers licences to illegal aliens, and here we have a president flagrantly violating his oath to defend the nation.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/02/26/barack-obama-pulls-a-move-almost-worthy-of-saddam-hussein/

Two peas in a pod?

Hi Jodi, I totally agree with you! What he is doing is on purpose and it doesn't need to be done. He is ginning up fear. I feel what he is doing is Impeachable. He is (on purpose) failing to protect the American people and putting us all in danger. He took an oath to defend this country. The sequester hasn't even gone into effect yet and he is preempting it, in order to try and force the Republicans to bow down and give him more tax increases. He is nothing more than a Chicago thug criminal of the highest order! I wish that the House would grow some and just defund the White House and anything else they see fit to stop him. They can do this if they had the guts!

White House Blames DHS Secretary Napolitano for Release of Hundreds of Illegal Immigrants This Week. 

http://ht.ly/2v9klW

Unbelievable.  Barry had 'no idea'.  I don't believe it....not for a second.

Finger pointing abound, Jodi! It's becoming beyond rediculous! I sit and shake my head most days.

Pure insanity!

Obama's release of illegals 'impeachable offense'

'This is action being taken against the country'

The Obama administration’s release of hundreds and potentially thousands of illegal-alien criminals from U.S. detention centers in connection with possible budget cuts is being called “an impeachable offense” by the nation’s highest-rated radio talk-show host.

“In what used to be considered – if we can remember this far back – normal, sane times, this is an impeachable offense,” broadcaster Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday. “This is action being taken against the country. … It is sheer madness to be doing this. It is petulant, it is childish.”

“This is in direct violation of the oath of office,” he continued. “Defend and protect the Constitution of the United States, and the people. We’re just opening the doors of prisons before the sequester has even happened. Before there have even been any budget cuts. This is so childish, except the consequences are real for people that live nearby these detention centers. This is on-the-ground, hard, cold reality.

Rest of article and Video of Boehner on the subject here: http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/obamas-release-of-illegals-impeachable-o...

Gary Mead Resigns After Immigrants Are Freed Because Of Spending Cuts

Posted: 02/27/2013 3:49 pm EST                     By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency's immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of undocumented immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.

In an email obtained Wednesday by the AP, Gary Mead told coworkers that he was leaving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the end of April. Mead is the head of enforcement and removal operations at ICE.

Mead had told co-workers of his resignation in the email sent Tuesday, hours after U.S. officials had confirmed that a few hundred undocumented immigrants facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to budget cuts.

President Barack Obama's spokesman said Wednesday the White House was never consulted but described the immigrants as "low-risk, non-criminal detainees."  

More Obamanation BS !

Sacrifice one for the good of the collective, Ruthann.  Ain't it great?

They've really overstepped here....and they know it.  Scramble time.

 

This is Obama's way of letting the Republicans know that he is serious about ruining the economy if the sequester goes into effect.  He IS the playground bully!  He is willing to hurt anyone to get his way.

True colors...shining through, JB.  Just hope there are enough of us to counter.

The threat against Woodward, the release of illegals, the WH denial of timing --- I sense the wheels are beginning to wobble a little bit.  Maybe we'll get lucky and the administration will self-destruct and begin feeding on itself.  Obama certainly does not have the leadership ability to stop it once it gets going.

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