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Obama Released Hundreds of Convicted Criminals in Sequester Intimidation Bid

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On March 16, 2013 @ 10:56 pm In The Point | 5 Comments

Back when Obama was still playing Sequester Chicken, his trump card was the imminent disaster that would surely follow if the GOP didn’t bend to his will. And he did everything possible to make certain that it really would follow… including releasing convicted criminals.

More than a third of the 342 illegal immigrants released from detention facilities in Arizona last month were convicted criminals, and one of them was categorized as a Level 1 offender, the highest risk, according to data released by the federal government Friday.

The governor and local law-enforcement officials have demanded that ICE provide details about the criminal backgrounds of the immigration detainees released in Arizona.

The figures for Arizona were announced a day after ICE Director John Morton testified during a House subcommittee hearing that, nationally, 2,228 illegal immigrants were released during a three-week period beginning Feb. 9, far more than the several hundred people ICE officials originally said were released.

In all, ICE released 10 illegal immigrants nationally who were classified as Level 1 offenders, including one in Arizona, three in Chicago, two in Miami, two in New York City and two in San Francisco.

Level 1 offenders can include illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes including homicide, drug trafficking, “aggravated felonies” and threats to national security.

On Friday, ICE provided a breakdown that showed that of the 342 illegal immigrants released in Arizona, 122 of them were convicted criminals. In addition to the one Level 1 offender, ICE released 30 classified as Level 2, and 91 classified as Level 3, the lowest risk. The other 220 were non-criminals, the agency said Friday.

For four years, the media insisted that Republican tactics were endangering the country. And this time around, Obama made deliberate efforts to endanger national defense and domestic security.


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