The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is releasing “several hundred” people out of detention facilities to other “less costly” forms of supervision because of pending forced budget cuts, the agency said on Tuesday.
Gillian Christensen, a customs enforcement spokeswoman, said the cases were reviewed over the past week as part of agency preparations for $85 billion government-wide cuts due to take effect on Friday absent congressional action to avert them.
“As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” she said in a statement.
“ICE has reviewed several hundred cases and placed these individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention. All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings. Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety,” she said.
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in Newport News, Virginia, that the spending cuts are a “self-inflicted wound” that do not have to occur. He called on Congress to reach an agreement to avert the harshest impacts.
As a political move, it’s gutsy. As a sign of responsible leadership, it’s null and void. How would you like to be the father of someone raped by one of these serial law-breakers? Or the mother of someone killed by one of these “undocumented” immigrants driving drunk (and unlicensed)? I mention those possibilities because they tend to fill a great deal of the police blotters I read.
And it’s all political posturing, as Rush explains:
It’s like, okay, I got $3,700 and I’m not gonna spend a quarter. Pretty close. There’s another way of looking at it, though. And that is to say that we’re going to cut government spending by one cent on the dollar, one cent on the dollar is all.
In fact, the real secret is, the real truth is that — even if there is the sequester, even if it happens — we’re going to spend more as a country this year than we did last year. That perhaps is the best way of ‘splaining what’s going on. We’ve got this abject panic. We’ve got a full-blown crisis unfolding before our eyes, and if it happens, we’re gonna be spending more money this year than we did last year.
So we’re facing mass extinction, fornication in the streets, pets’ heads falling off, all because we’re spending more than we did last year.
“He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. THAT’S the Chicago Way.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama set off a small nuclear weapon in Times Square, just to prove his point.