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March 2, 2013 - 8:15 am

And the White House swears on a stack of Korans that they didn’t know a thing about it.

Associated Press:

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.

The government documents show that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released roughly 1,000 illegal immigrants from its jails around the U.S. each week since at least Feb. 15. The agency’s field offices have reported more than 2,000 immigrants released before intense criticism this week led to a temporary shutdown of the plan, according to the documents.

The states where immigrants were released include Arizona, California, Georgia and Texas.

The White House has said it was not consulted about the releases, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has acknowledged they occurred in a manner she regrets. White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday said the government had released “a few hundred” of the roughly 30,000 illegal immigrants held in federal detention pending deportation proceedings. Carney said the immigrants released were “low-risk, noncriminal detainees,” and the decision was made by career ICE officials.

As of last week, the agency held an average daily population of 30,733 in its jails. The internal budget documents reviewed by the AP show the Obama administration had intended to reduce those figures to 25,748 by March 31.

We’re still waiting to hear just what the White House considers “low risk, non criminal detainees.” Somehow, I doubt whether the administration or DHS will be forthcoming in describing the “low risk” criminals they let loose on American streets.

ICE is pushing back against the AP report that 2,000 additional illegals were released in February:

But, according to ICE, just a small fraction of those releases are being driven by an effort to save money where possible because of sequestration. “Beyond that normal movement, and as fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget and placed several hundred individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention,” Christensen said.

“At this point, we don’t anticipate additional releases, but that could change based on sequester,” she added. “As such, the agency must prepare contingency plans in the event of future cuts, however those plans are simply deliberative as we do not yet know what the cut rate will be.”

They are not denying that 2,000 more illegals were released, only that it wasn’t related to the sequester. That’s exactly what I would say if the firestorm that broke over the original reports of releases got a senior manager fired and both Democratic and Republican House members went ballistic on DHS.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apparently doesn’t know what’s happening in her own department:

“Detainee populations and how that is managed back and forth is really handled by career officials in the field,” Napolitano told ABC. “Do I wish that this all hadn’t been done all of a sudden and so that people weren’t surprised by it? Of course.”

So to sum up, 5,000 illegal alien detainees can waltz away from custody without the president or his department head aware of it?

Incompetence or stupidity? Which is it, Barry?

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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500, 5000. At this point, what difference does it make?
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It would be easier and cheaper to install turnstiles along the border to charge, say $0.25. Then a nearby welcome wagon would give out maps,food stamps, job listings, bus (or plane) tickets and hotel vouchers.
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Incompetence? Stupidity? Not mutually exclusive.
1 year ago
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incompetence or stupidity? what about the real reasons, malice -
and deny, deny, deny.

w.h. didn't know anyhing about selling those thousands of guns sold to murderous drug dealers.

w.h. had no knowledge of events unfolding in benghazi.

i did ot have sexual relations w/ that woman. oops, sory. got carried away.

once you understand and accept the fact that we are being purposefully screwed using our own government resources and tax $$$, you will understand everything this administration does.

putting these thousands of i.a. felons back on the streets kills 2 birds - create more havoc (reasons to try to ban guns), and punishing Americans for trying to cut spending. i guess it was too much of a mental leap for h.s. to put them out south of the border, eh?

besides, trying to accept and make excuses for this level of incompetence and stupidity, really requires some serious free stuff. got your free stuff yet?

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Inescapable truths:
I.(1 Feb. 2013) 4,317 non-citizen permanent residents were issued 2 Social Security accounts. (Source: 10 Dec. 2012 Social Security Administration Inspector General
II.85,827 Illegal Aliens Crossed The Border And Remained In The U.S. In 2011
(18 Jan. 2013) In 2011, the Border Patrol apprehended 327,118 illegal border crossers, while it estimates another 208,813 got away. 85,827 remained in the U.S. and the rest turned back. (Sources: GAO, 9 Jan. 2013 Washington Times)
So much for the much vaunted "Dream Act"
III.Hispanics And Blacks Have Very Low Graduation Rates
(3 Apr 2012) In 2009, the high school graduation rate was only 75.5%, including the following: Asia / Pacific Islands 91.8, White 82.0, Hispanic 65.9, Indian / Alaska Native 64.8 and Black 63.5. The worst graduation rates were Nevada 56.3 (population 27% Hispanic, 8% Black), Mississippi 62.0 (37% Black, 3% Hispanic), D.C. 62.4 (51% Black, 9% Hispanic) and New Mexico 64.8 (46% Hispanic, 2% Black). The highest rates were Wisconsin 90.7 (6% Black, 6% Hispanic) and Vermont 89.6 (2% Hispanic, 1% Black). (Sources: Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins Univ., America’s Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education)
IV.A full estimated 75% of recipients are Hispanics, or Illegal aliens:
(11 Jan. 2013) In fiscal year 2012, the food stamp program (SNAP) cost $80.4 billion. Child nutrition ($18.3 billion), WIC ($6.8 billion) and other programs ($0.4 billion) increased the total to $105.9 billion. (Source: Treasury Dept.)
V.Anchor Babies
(2 Jan. 2013) The U.S. and Canada are the only industrialized nations that grant citizenship to each and every person born in the country, regardless of the parents' nationality or immigration status. (Source: Numbers USA)
VI.800,000 Ordered Deported Are Still In U.S.
(1 Jan. 2013) 800,000 immigrants are living in the U.S. who have been ordered deported but have not left the country or been removed by the government. They include people who applied for unemployment and disability insurance, food stamps, driver's licenses and other benefits. Many have criminal records including assault with a deadly weapon, extortion, drug convictions, burglary, stalking and child abuse. (Source: 18 Dec. 2012 Washington Times)
VII.The Deportation Revolving Door
(1 Dec. 2012) Of the 188,380 illegal aliens with criminal records that were deported in 2011 (fiscal year), 86,699 had been previously deported at least once. Another 43,307 illegal aliens without criminal records who had been previously deported illegally entered the U.S. again. (Sources: Center for Immigration Studies, 27 Nov. 2012 The Last Resistance)
Seven factual Reports (there are 11 more) detailing America's lack of "Rule-of-Law" enforcemnt of exisitng laws on the books and turning a blind eye to an explosive problem facing We The Elite People of culture of corruption in all of Washington DC.
Net effect? High school seniors (quitting or) graduating this year (2013) WILL NOT find work...for this simple reason an "illegal alien" has applied for and is occupying that job. 44% Are Not Employed
(13 Dec. 2012) 44% of high school dropouts under 24 are unemployed.
8 stories detailing the "sad" stories and lies Janet Napolitano is spewing to. We The People. Pray. Amen
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