In just about any other election year, a story like this one from USA Today could scramble everything. It’s that explosive.
But this year…the Democrats are poised to lose anyway. President Obama is hellbent on granting unilateral amnesty to several million illegal aliens anyway. He is also intent on sparking as many constitutional disputes with the new Congress as he can.
And by now, we have the measure of the man himself. Every issue, crisis or problem that comes up is handled by him and his administration not on its own merits, but as a political problem for him, personally. He might, if forced to, say something about “protecting the American people” after he has chosen to endanger us. He might even fake outrage and appoint another czar to “get to the bottom of this.” But since Obama himself is at the bottom of this, that czar would be another political fixer, who will not get to the bottom of anything at all.
Two more years of this…
So this story won’t scramble the election. It will play a prominent role in the new Congress, though. Which is probably perfectly fine with the Divider in Chief.
New records contradict the Obama administration’s assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.
The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.
The release sparked a furor in Congress. Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration of setting dangerous criminals free. In response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had released “low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal records,” a claim the administration repeated to the public and to members of Congress.
The new records, including spreadsheets and hundreds of pages of e-mails, offer the most detailed information yet about the people ICE freed as it prepared for steep, across-the-government spending cuts in February 2013. They show that although two-thirds of the people who were freed had no criminal records, several had been arrested or convicted on charges more severe than the administration had disclosed.
ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen acknowledged the discrepancy. She said “discretionary releases made by ICE were of low-level offenders. However, the releases involving individuals with more significant criminal histories were, by and large, dictated by special circumstances outside of the agency’s control.”
“…outside the agency’s control.” Isn’t that interesting?
A spreadsheet ICE officials prepared listing the detainees includes one person in Texas charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexually assaulting a child, as well as others charged with armed assaults or assaulting police officers. Another immigrant released from Miami had been charged with conspiracy to commit homicide. Two detainees from Boston had been charged with aggravated assault using a weapon. One in Denver had a sexual assault charge.
These people are still on our streets. It took a FOIA to get that out of the Obama government.
Oh, and this should go without saying, but you’re a racist for even being concerned about any of this.