Uncovered: Obama’s Plan to Release Thousands of Illegal Aliens

A new internal US Immigration and Customs Enforcement document that the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee retrieved and then released to the public earlier this week has added another layer to the conflicting set of stories coming out of the Obama White House as to exactly why it released thousands of illegal immigrants from ICE jails on the eve of sequester.

According to this document, the detainees released from ICE facilities beginning at the end of February are part of a larger plan to release thousands of prisoners so that ICE facilities would only be operating at about 70% full capacity. ICE has just more than 34,000 beds that it operates.

Starting shortly after February 15, 2013, media reported that a few hundred and then a few thousand prisoners had been released from ICE prisons, and the initial explanation was that these detainees were being released due to budget cuts related to sequester.

At any given time, there are roughly three hundred thousand individuals with a case in federal immigration courts. ICE facilities can only hold about one in nine people in the system as it is.

When asked to explain why ICE facilities would operate at 70% effectiveness because of 2.4% worth of cuts, Gillian Christenson, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security’s Media Relations team in Washington, D.C., blamed across-the-board spending cuts in the sequester:

As fiscal uncertainty remained over the continuing resolution, and with the strong possibility of sequestration, ICE officials identified and released detained individuals who posed the least threat to public safety, were not subject to mandatory detention and who were appropriate candidates for supervised release.  These decisions were made on a case by case basis, by career law enforcement officials in the field, in order to ensure that ICE maintained sufficient resources to detain serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety through the end of the continuing resolution.

Christenson further claimed, “With sequestration now in effect, ICE must reduce expenditures by $294,000,000 across all of its programs, which represents a 5% cut to all accounts across ICE’s budget and will reduce ICE’s actual annual detention budget going forward.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) wasn’t buying Christensen’s explanation. He said of the decision

that Administration officials at ICE prepared cold calculations to release thousands of criminal aliens onto the streets and did not demonstrate any consideration of the impact this decision would have on the safety of Americans.  The decision to release detained aliens undermines the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to keep our homeland secure and instead makes our communities less safe and more vulnerable to crime.

Goodlatte pointed out that there were “clearly” better ways to make the cuts other than releasing “criminals onto the streets.”  He continued:

The House Judiciary Committee has found several ways the Department could save money in light of sequestration, such as reducing staff bonuses and performance awards and using unspent funds from inefficient state and local grant programs.  But regardless of sequestration, DHS actually has plenty of funding to pay for the detention of criminal aliens.  Unfortunately, it seems Administration officials are more interested in using sequestration to promote their political agenda than as an opportunity to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.  The Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on this issue soon to get down to the bottom of this problematic situation.

Furthermore, Republican senators and congressmen have been complaining that these cuts come even though DHS didn’t spend $8 billion in allocated funds. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on February 27, 2013 and was concerned that these cuts come even though $8 billion was allocated but unspent in 2012.

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. Last year, the department announced an unobligated balance of over $8 billion.

While the administration claims everyone released so far does not pose a danger to the public, anecdotal evidence shows otherwise. In a New York Times report on the program, the paper featured one individual named Anthony Orlando Williams that was released and appeared to present a danger to the public.

Among those released in the past week was Anthony Orlando Williams, 52, a Jamaican immigrant who spent nearly three years in a detention center in Georgia. “I’m good, man,” he said. “I’m free.”

Mr. Williams, in a telephone interview from Stone Mountain, Ga., said he became an illegal immigrant when he overstayed a visa in 1991. He was detained in 2010 by a sheriff’s deputy in Gwinnett County, Ga., when it was discovered that he had violated probation for a conviction in 2005 of simple assault, simple battery and child abuse, charges that sprung from a domestic dispute with his wife at the time. He was transferred to ICE custody and has been fighting a deportation order with the help of Families for Freedom, an immigrant support group in New York.

According to the newly released ICE document, on February 15, ICE facilities were already only holding 30,748, well below capacity. Starting that week, ICE planned a series of cuts which would drop that number by about one thousand per week until it would hit a low of 25,748 on the week of March 22, according to this document.

Based on DHS data, the average number of detainees in ICE prisons in FY 2013 through February 25, 2013, is 33,925. The 25,748 target number would represent a 25% decline from the average so far. However, with an apparent excess of funding and below capacity holdings, the numbers supporting the Obama administration’s decision don’t add up.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Here are some more revelations re DHS, under the purview of "mama Janet", as she takes orders from Obama & Jarrett – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/02/explosive-dhs

    There is no escaping their malevolent plans for America.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • katteker

      Obama's clemency act is showing his real "compassion for the illegal future VOTERS!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The total disruption of American society is a large tool of Socialist subversion and dominance,
    create disorder and unrest and then declare laws do not matter and create a police state out
    of the chaos. Obama is fooling who, people who fall for the class envy and have larceny at
    heart are ready to destoy ever what stands in front of thier taking what is not thiers. Honesty
    has bit the dust in our media, government and most every aspect of American life due to
    the attitude that truth is what I call it at any given time, prime example Bill Clinton. When a
    lie is as good as the truth we know education has failed morality and necessary standards
    of conduct, anything goes and we are falling into the disorder and ruin……….William

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  • pierce

    Uncovered, no way. Obama is an open book, obviously dictating policies to suit his leadership in a world of have-nots, and attempting to do every thing in his power to dethrone centuries old practices of human dignity. He is doing this in the name of his advisor Saul Alinsky.
    All hail Saul, all hail Barack, champions of the people.
    Whoops. I think I need to vomit.

  • pierce

    Uncovered, no way. Obama is an open book, obviously dictating policies to suit his leadership in a world of have-nots, and attempting to do every thing in his power to dethrone centuries old practices of human dignity. He is doing this in the name of his advisor Saul Alinsky.
    All hail Saul, all hail Barack, champions of the people.
    Whoops. I think I need to vomit.

  • Larry

    Wake up America, He has already released over 3000 illegal immigrants from detention centers. They are out and walking our streets. They all were detained and jailed for committing a crime. They are now free to continue their crime wave. These are not poor illegals looking to work on our farms, they are looking to take advantage of our weak system regarding illegals. Way to go Pres. Obama.

    • atthebeach

      Given that Obama 'took the Oath' – promising to defend/protect this Country and by turn; it's citizens; seems this is just another treasonous MO to be added to his list of 'abusive' acts that contradict – make a lie of – this man's Constitutional obligation. That said; no charges of 'Treason' declared; no 'hook' in site. . .or somesuch. . .We are left with the vote; and those who count it. . .

  • Arlie

    Social justice ruse and the corrupt Vatican have had a part in keeping these people here and giving sanctuary utterly against ALL our Constitutional laws and citizen rights.

    I find it interesting that the corrupt, vile Vatican is contemplating installing a Pope with the backing of none other than George Soros, Socialist, one monetary system, Cardinal Peter Turkson. This sends chills through my very being, especially in regards to the book of Revelation and the prophesy that the last pope's name will be Peter. http://www.westernjournalism.com

  • patenglish1

    Obama continues to do treacherous things and its time Americans woke up to this! Napolitano is one of his many puppets and Homeland Security dares to allow thousands of illegal criminals out on our streets when they had over $8B dollars left in their budget for 2012. This is worse than shame. Obama is the worst President this country has ever had at least in my experience since 1968.

  • geneww1938

    The release is only to raise havoc and destabilize the our constitutional government and allow for the Department Of Homeland Security to intervene. In the process they will establish a police state and the dictatorship.
    Our Military forces are being neutered to to strengthen the UN which is under the control of the 'One World Order" referred to as NeoCons.

  • kasandra

    But DHS does have money to purchase over 2000 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and $1,000 a piece new uniforms. Every day of this administration brings a further outrage (or several).

  • tagalog

    Releasing those illegal aliens awaiting deportation hearings was nothing more than a cynical political swipe at the Republicans.

    I'm truly surprised that this issue hasn't received more mainstream coverage than it has; it's clearly a rather vindictive and nasty slap in the face to all Americans, not just conservative Americans.

    I expected Americans to raise their voices in a world-class protest, but it seems to have buzzed right past the heads of most of us.

    I also would have expected the MSM to have noticed that the stock market hit a record on the Monday after the sequestration went into effect, hinting at something important linking government spending cuts to high performance in the stock market.

    But no to both issues. Just another day in the neighborhood.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Isn't Obama and archetype of vagary that creates and archway for illegal passage to
      do illigal things such as being here illegally which is the basis of future events, yes
      even letting them go without due process, Impeachment fodder……………..William

  • george bush sr.

    mr obama is No different than that common thug at the end of your street. pimpin&sellin illicit drugs. Mirror IMAGE of each other/with one wearing a tie. They both hate the law of america/its inhabitants.

  • JacksonPearson

    The remedy for this transgression is very simple.
    Whenever a person takes an oath to defend a nation's Constitution and it's Laws, and does not fulfill that pledge, than our Constitution have a fix-it-tool called impeachment.

  • guest

    Guess what? They are now all illegal demnocrats. Anyways the cops will pick them all up again, and holder will release them again.

  • Drakken

    Well I guess the American people are on their own, remember the 3 S's like my friend on the border says, Shoot, Shovel, and Shut Up.

  • Dave Francis

    Which Conservatives have turned traitor on American principles?

    Is it any surprise that Americans don’t trust their government anymore, when they use lies to get the public on their side? Can we possibly believe the majority of politicians when they flip flop over illegal alien numbers telling us that only 11 million people are here? Doesn’t it seem strange that the population figures have just fluctuated with little difference in the last 10 to 20 years? Doesn’t it seem odious that that there is no tough punishment, such felony when entering the U.S., without legal inspection? Is the legal populace going to be tricked again by those in Congress, by passing another amnesty or what they call Comprehensive reform? Are citizen voters, not non citizens going to have a say in another bombardment of illegal people, who waiting patiently to hear from Washington that another Amnesty is in the works and are ready to swiftly converge on the borders, or slyly slip by immigration officials at airline terminals as one way visitors? Are those in the House and Senate not going to inform us beforehand that whatever the populace of numbers are, that taxpayers are going to be paying out the bill of another Two Trillion (Heritage Foundation) added to the trillions spent already by the White House inhabitants. What about Social Security, Pensions and retirement they will need? Millions of illegal alien parents already here are supplementing their income, with the monthly income from their minor children smuggled or born in America, without paying one dime into the state and federal treasuries, which is paid by you? Yes! It’s true, some pay taxes, but low income people collect it all back, plus billions of dollars are stolen every year in reimbursed child tax credits, even if that child lives in another country; but up to now, the Congress has done nothing about it?

    Don’t citizens have a say in the educational conflict, when illegal aliens are going to get pricey in state tuition, when students from other states have to pay the out of state fees. How come illegal aliens can march into hospitals with their different health problems and walk out free of any payment. Yet Americans are hounded by debt collectors forever, with patients having to carry hefty payments to cover the insurmountable arrivals in the emergency rooms with everything from the flue or contagious diseases they have brought with from third world countries. Even our Drivers Licenses are not sacred documents anymore. Why are we not surprised that many in our government are so corrupt that big business can buy their favors, so that they can hire discount labor and lower wages for the most venerable people in our country. Immigration supplies over one million people to the U.S. population annually. The roughly estimated foreign-born population in the U.S. is now 31.1 million, a record 57 percent increase since 1990. About 8-11 million of those are here illegally–a 4.5 million increase since 1990. Almost one-third of all immigration during the 1990s was illegal. It is very unwise to believe that we only have 11 million in our nation but with the possibility of Amnesty, the Border Patrol has reported a sudden increase in the illegal immigration invaders. In post-1990 immigrants and their children accounted for 61 percent of population growth during the last decade and counting.

  • Dave Francis

    Illegal Immigration must be stifled by resurrecting the 2006 Secure Fence Act, not the underfunded caricature seen in certain high density population sectors along the border, which we have been lied to about. Other laws with substance that could break the back of illegal immigration is THE SAVE ACT. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced the SAVE Act (H.R.830) last Tuesday – a bill that would mandate E-Verify nationwide, strengthen border security, and improve interior enforcement. This must be propelled through the Congress now, along with the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL. These laws that must commence immediately as every year hundreds of billions of dollars in free education, health care and many other benefits, which has been bestowed on children of illegal parents as automatic citizenship in perpetuity; it is should be rescinded as the parents receive the advantage of cash entitlements for every child they conceive and gather your dollars. Seeing the incredulous garbage of this amendment, it must caste out, as intentional theft of our taxes and will continue forever, whereas most countries have now closed the loopholes. Only children of a U.S. citizen should be entitled to claim the privilege of citizenship. Daily, pregnant Mexican and Central American women on the verge of giving birth, make their way across the U.S. border to have their baby in an American hospital. These children become the notorious "Anchor Babies.” And then gain a foothold for the extended family, which you eventually pay for and extorted by the IRS. Once the baby is born on American soil, he or she instantly attains U.S. citizenship? Not only are the parents almost always allowed to stay and not deported, but since they have no income, the baby is eligible for welfare, (WIC)Women, Infants with children, Food Stamps, etc.–all at the expense of the great American taxpayer.

    I guarantee that if every American swooped down on the nervous, mostly corrupt politicians we can get these laws passed. Fight for America now, fight against overpopulation, fight to reduce taxes that are used to supplement foreign nationals, fight to make English the only language, fight to stop the travesty of illegal alien children crowding our schools, specifically in the border states, fight for the U.S. constitution that is being bypassed by the President Obama Liberal progressives and socialist agendas, Call your politicians in Washington and at state level and demand they listen to its citizens and legal residents. That number is (202) 224-3121, for the Central Washington switchboard. When there are 23 million American jobless, while millions of illegal aliens are hired then we must speak up. You can also petition your local, state and federal Representative at the NumbersUSA website.

    Who elected these odious morons that are destroying this country?