Immigration Detainee Release Under Fire

Mariano Castillo and Nick Valenica, CNN, February 28, 2013

At first, Miguel Hernandez thought it was a mistake, or worse, a joke.

The 19-year-old had been pulled over for failure to use his turn signal, but the fact that he is an undocumented immigrant landed him in a detention center in rural Georgia.

Hernandez was certain that deportation proceedings would follow soon, and was mulling over it when a guard brought some news: He was being released.

“I was walking and I was thinking, this is a joke. They probably got confused with another guy or something,” Hernandez said.

More likely, Hernandez was one of hundreds of undocumented immigrants released from detention because of looming budget cuts set to take effect Friday absent congressional action.


The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision to move detainees to less costly supervision options was met with backlash from Republicans who accuse the Obama administration of using scare tactics to win a political battle.

“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, said. {snip}


The decision was made by career ICE employees, an administration official told CNN. The move was made because the agency was preparing its year-end budget and had to take budget cuts into consideration, the official said.

An exact number of released detainees has not been released; ICE characterized it as “several hundred.” The population of immigration detainees is currently about 30,700.

Those who have been released are non-criminals or low-risk offenders without serious criminal histories, ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said.


Another ICE official reiterated that all of those released remain in deportation proceedings, released on an order of supervision.

Some of those released will be on intensive supervision, such as ankle monitors, while others will just have weekly check-ins with an ICE officer, the official said.


Those being released alongside Hernandez on Sunday were confused about what was happening. Some detainees who had bonds as high as $25,000 were being told they were bonded and released.

Hernandez said he believes some of those released with him are repeat offenders who have been previously deported.

Most were given a paper with a court date, but not Hernandez. He has been waiting for his court date to be mailed to him.


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  • The__Bobster

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision to move
    detainees to less costly supervision options was met with backlash from
    Republicans who accuse the Obama administration of using scare tactics to win a political battle.

    Data from Vdare indicate that once released from prison, over 90% of invaders don’t show up for their subsequent court dates. Yes, these strawberry pickers are gone and Obongo should be impeached for it.

    • So CAL Snowman

      How do you impeach a dictator?

      • Bob

        Obama is a POS but no dictator. When his time is up he will leave office. By the way, Americans have been claiming for 200 years that the President will declare martial law, suspend the Constitution, etc., and not leave office. They claimed it about Bush. It won’t happen with Obongo, contrary to the claims of the ignorant and the hysterical.

        • Cherry Bomb

          What does POS mean?

        • Bill

          I don’t know about hysterical, but I’d call it ignorant for anybody to think Obama is your typical president. I’d put NOTHING past this president. Nothing. He’s already shown a complete disregard for the Constitution and his office.

      • patriot

        this is not left vs right, GOP vs Dems or Statism vs liberty.

        Love to all, hatred to no one, but why are hostile globalist elite supporting Israel as a Jewish ethnostate with Jewish only immigration, but turning white majority Europe and North America into a multi-ethnic multi-cultural Gulag with dystopian non-White colonization?

        Why do gullible Whites kowtow like puppies to hostile Jewish elite, who bleed White soldiers in suicidal wars, subvert our central banks, control our violence/sex saturated mass media, control our treasonous intelligence agencies, impose trillions in debt, plunder our wages?

        East Asia is 99% yellow, Africa is 99% Black, West Asia is 99% Brown. But 3rd world colonizers are annihilating Whites, just as Chinese colonizers are annihilating Tibet.

        “Native” Americans are not native. They invaded from East Asia. They massacred Solutrean White Europeans, who came first.

        White people should reject suicidal anti-White Jewish ideologies like libertarianism, feminism, liberalism, communism, socialism. Love to all, hatred to no one, but Whites must unite and organize to advance their families, their fertility, their interests. Reading list:

      • Bill

        You have enough in the House to impeach him, and enough in the Senate to convict. Forget the senate. We don’t have enough.

  • Luca

    No mistake Miguel, you are now free to rob, rape and drive drunk all around this once wonderful country.

  • Skincognito

    “But if I was German, law-abiding, with a wife who educated my children in our home, I would be deported.”
    Señor Hernandez

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Those who have been released are non-criminals or low-risk offenders without serious criminal histories, ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said.

    Yeah tell that to the family of the nun in Virginia killed by an illegal alien on obama’s “supervised release” plan!!

    The deadly results of President Obama’s “supervised release” program for illegal immigrants were exposed long ago by a Judicial Watch investigation of a Bolivian national (Carlos Martinelly-Montano) who killed a Virginia nun in a drunk-driving accident.

    Montano, an illegal alien who committed a series of crimes, remained on the streets despite being subject to deportation. Rather than detaining Montano, federal authorities determined that he was a candidate for the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, which supposedly monitored his whereabouts.


  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “The decision was made by career ICE employees”

    White House was ‘unaware’ of immigration detainee release

    ABC News: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had no part in a decision by “underlings” to release illegal immigrant detainees

    I call nonsense like everything else that comes out of the White House. ICE didn’t make this decision, it came straight from the top. Obama didn’t know just like he “couldn’t have known” about any stand down order in Benghazi.

    I’m sure Napolitano and obama gave orders to give each released detainee food stamps and a Voter ID card.


    • Career ICE employees don’t have that kind of power. Their boss is Janet Napolitano, and his boss is Barack Obama.

  • odious liberal

    Once again obama supposedly doesn’t know what his minnions are doing.

  • archer

    At last the republiclowns are opening their mouth about something important.

  • Terry

    Being that I’m white, I would have been in jail or the penitentiary for years with no hope of parole.

  • Undertone

    ….and yet Engleturd was posting a few months ago that his king had fixed the immigration problem.

  • TheWASP

    How do you know if they have a history or not? Aren’t they “undocumented aliens” ?

  • Greg Thomas

    Even illegal invaders cannot believe how stupid our government is.

  • [Guest]

    Surely, anyone who thinks about it understands that a nation cannot survive without borders.