The AP reports that the Obama Department of Homeland Security has been releasing illegal aliens from jail since February 15. While the administration claims that it has only released a few hundred, the real numbers are far higher according to government documents that the AP obtained.
The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March, The Associated Press has learned.
The newly disclosed figures, cited in internal budget documents reviewed by the AP, are significantly higher than the “few hundred” illegal immigrants the Obama administration acknowledged this week had been released under the budget-savings process.
DHS is releasing the illegal aliens primarily in four states, three of them red states: Arizona, California, Georgia and Texas. DHS has not consulted with the states in which the releases are taking place, and the Obama White House claims that the releases are taking place without their input. But:
The release of thousands from immigration jails is consistent with Napolitano’s early warnings on Monday – hours before anyone knew publicly that any illegal immigrants had been released – that the pending, automatic budget cuts known as the sequester would limit the government’s ability to maintain enough detention center beds for at least 34,000 immigrants.
Budget cuts cannot be to blame for these releases. For one thing, the sequestration cuts are actually just cuts in the rate of growth. Second, they have not occurred yet, and certainly had not when DHS began releasing thousands of illegal aliens. Third, DHS is currently running under full capacity in its jails, by about 3,000 prisoners.