Looming Cuts Spur Mass Release of Illegal Immigrants

Kirk Semple, New York Times, February 26, 2013

In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country, an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said Tuesday.

The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however. The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.

But the move angered some Republicans, including Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who said the releases were a political gambit by the Obama administration that undermined the continuing negotiations over comprehensive immigration reform and jeopardized public safety.

“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” said Mr. Goodlatte, who is running the House hearings on immigration reform. “By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives.”

While administration officials did not explain how they selected detainees for release, they suggested that the population did not include immigrants who were the focus of the administration’s stated enforcement priorities, including those convicted of serious crimes.


Officials did not reveal precisely how many detainees were released or where the releases took place, but immigrants’ advocates around the country have been reporting that hundreds of detainees were freed in numerous locations, including Hudson County, N.J.; Polk County, Texas; Broward County, Fla.; and New Orleans; and from centers in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and New York.

While immigration officials occasionally free detainees on supervised release, this mass release—so many in such a short span of time—appears to be unprecedented in recent memory, immigration advocates said.

Under supervised release, defendants in immigration cases have to adhere to a strict reporting schedule that might include attending appointments at their regional ICE office as well as electronic monitoring, immigration officials said.


The National Immigration Forum estimated last year that it cost the federal government between $122 and $164 per day to hold a detainee in its immigration system. In contrast, the organization said, alternative forms of detention could cost 30 cents to $14 per day per immigrant.


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  • John

    How are laws selectively applied in the United States? For example, how can they arbitrarily choose to mass-release illegals, turn a blind eye to millions of other illegals, yet prosecute U.S. citizens who misreport their taxes, even if accidentally? How does the government get away with this?

    • The__Bobster

      Because our spineless Congresscritters allow Obongo to get away with impeachable offenses.

      • So CAL Snowman

        And we allow these Congresscritters to hold office. We number in the hundreds of millions, they are merely 535 individuals.

    • So CAL Snowman

      The United States doesn’t exist, that’s how. We the People failed to rise up and overthrow the tyrannical government as outlined in the Declaration. As Benjamin Franklin said, “A Republic if you can keep it.” Well we obviously couldn’t keep it.

      “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
      same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism,
      it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and
      to provide new Guards for their future security”

      • MikeS

        Exactly. Also, the gap between the government’s weapons/technology and the citizen’s weapons/technology has never been wider. If Benjamin Franklin were alive today I can picture him standing in silence, motionless as his eyes gazed upon the greatest inheritance ever bequeathed from one generation of man to another and as he stares in awe at the fate that had befallen it, he says to himself “They weren’t ready for it” as he squeezes the trigger and embraces sweet oblivion.

        • MikeS

          After flipping through the channels on TV and landing on C-SPAN with the Program “Supreme Court Oral Argument” on the topic of “Voting Rights Act of 1965” and listening to Debo Adegbile (black, of course) who is the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Special Council going on and on and on about racism and discrimination, I believe that if Benjamin Franklin were alive today he would look around and say “We meant all WHITE men are created equal. Where the hell did you get the notion that we meant everyone? Freakin’ idiots. Now put me back in the ground, morons.”

    • SFLBIB

      How does the government get away with this? No body does anything about it.

  • The__Bobster


    This just in, from the government that wants us to trust them to run a mega
    amnesty program for millions: an unspecified number of detained aliens have been
    freed rather than deported.

    It’s an indication that the Obama administration intends to intensify the
    pain of the sequester rather than make prudent cuts that won’t cause trouble for
    Americans. After all, the point is to blame Republicans because they won’t go
    along with big tax increases. Obama clearly hopes his bash-Republicans strategy
    will win him the House in 2014, and he is willing to create sequester misery to
    get there.

  • Before sequester: Federal government spends $3500 billion

    After sequester: Federal government spends $3415 billion (probably more)

    Funny, if $85 billion goes so far in the Federal government such that cutting it means cutting out all the good things Obama says it will cut, then the $3415 billion we’re still going to spend should lead us to Nirvana (including enough money to enforce immigration law).

  • Ilovemyrace

    And what’s the annyal budget of Homeland inSecurity? I assume tens of Billions of Dollars. Tens fo thousands of bureaucrats earning 6-figure salaries, with free cars, & travel costs, paid by you and me. Slimy, lying, cynical, traitors.

  • The__Bobster

    The National Immigration Forum estimated last year that it cost the federal government between $122 and $164 per day to hold a detainee in its immigration system. In contrast, the
    organization said, alternative forms of detention could cost 30 cents to $14 per day per immigrant.

    Once shipped across the border, they cost us nothing.

    • D. H. Andrews

      Unless they have to be reapprended, which appears to by something of the past to the Obongo administration.

  • Ilovemyrace

    The National Immigration Forum estimated last year that it cost the federal government between $122 and $164 per day to hold a detainee in its immigration system. But it costs the USA taxpayers nothing when illigal immigrants are living in their own country,

  • Ilovemyrace

    Remember who is to blame if you are a member of your family are harmed by an illegal immigrant. Every rape, robbery, beat-down, disease-contamination, or death caused by a drunk illegal is the fault of these traitorous government employees who favor illegals over American citizens. Remember who caused your taxes go spriling up to pay for their endless social costs and dysfunction. Remember this when Social Security is bankrupt, because of millions of needy illegals. Remember this when you cannot afford to pay for your kids college, take a vacation, or retire (because you must pay 50% of your salary to the government, in taxes).
    Remember this when seeking retribution, after you or your loved ones have been harmed. Remember who did this to you, your family, and your community.

  • Puggg

    It’s not a “highly unusual move.” The big black spoiled brat doesn’t seem to be getting his way, so he’s deliberately spilling is pablum all over the floor.

  • Tom Iron

    Like I keep saying, we’ve long ago passed the point of no return in this country. Just focus on what we’ve got to do to retake this ountry. Be prepared and prepare your loved ones. When everything gets down and dirty, it’s all going to make the War Between the States look like a mere skirmish.

  • libertarian 1234

    “The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.”

    God, that’s really funny. The libs let criminal illegals go who come back and forth across the border whenever the urge strikes them looking for easy pickings, thinking they’re going to show up for a court date or abide by the dictates set forth on each case.

    Of course the purpose is a psychological ploy, pretending that the sequester is at fault.
    But I’ve got a hunch that this black run government just might rue the day they ever pulled this scheme, because every single one that is caught committing a crime….and there will be plentry of them…will be an opportunity for the Republicans to demonize the community organizer’s South African style government.

    But whether or not the GOP is creative and clever enough to use the situation to beat up on the radicals is anybody’s guess. They don’t seem capable of engaging in any kind of guerilla warfare.

    • saxonsun

      On the news last night there was a report of silly arrests. One young lady was detained for 36 hrs. for being in a park after closing time, yet illegals swarm our streets.

      • Jefferson

        Did you see the video of TSA detaining a little 3 year old White girl in a wheelchair and treating her like she is a potential terrorist. They made her cry in the process.

        The government can racially profile little 3 year old White girls in wheelchairs and that is perfectly fine with them. But God forbid they racially profile illegal immigrant Mestizos in Arizona who do not even belong in this country in the first place. Oh no that would be considered racist and evil.

        This current administration really does have an extreme hatred for White people because they give better treatment to illegal immigrant Mestizos than they do to little White children in wheelchairs.

    • Jefferson

      The reason the White male Republican establishment in Washington are not capable of engaging in guerrilla against Barack Hussein Obongo, is because they are afraid of being labeled racists.

      The White male Republican establishment in Washington has become as emasculated and spineless as liberal SWPL White male hipsters.

  • dd121

    This is now a one-party country and the democrats answer to no one. Wonder if that will one day change.

    • So CAL Snowman

      And yet the lefties call right wingers the fascists!

    • John

      This is now a one-party country and the democrats answer to no one. Wonder if that will one day change.

      No, it will not change. Their biggest supporters are in the Republican Party and have been for decades.

      Amnesty, TARP, all socialism programs, the civil rights hoax, other leftist crimes… you name it. The Republican Party has enabled our destruction while we foolishly supported them. We supported them, while they systematically sold out all Whites for personal gain. The Democrats are Marxists, fascists, and egalitarians, but the Republican Party is simply traitors; Lincoln, Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush Sr., Bush Jr., Juan McShame, Romney, and thousands in Clowngress. All were/are traitors. They betrayed the United States for selfish, personal gain.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Yes. It’s as George Wallace said: There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties!!

  • Tim

    I just finished Jury duty yesterday. And you thought the malls were bad… One thing that stunned and saddened me. On the tunnel wall connecting the Old and New Courthouse of my Southwest city there was an interesting display of famous American documents. Copies of everything form Woodrow Wilsons Fourteen Points draft to Ike`s D-Day message. The defendants, the jurors AND the employees walked by without knowing, caring or even relating to what it was. They might as well have been Heiroglyphics….

  • Luca

    “Under supervised release, defendants in immigration cases have to adhere to a strict reporting schedule that might include attending appointments ….”

    So they’re making strict rules for people who break or ignore rules? What could go wrong?

  • MobyWhite

    The War on White Privilege knows no limits or laws. Hatred of Whiteness is now systemic, institutionalized, structural, and cultural.

    FedGov invites illegal non whites into our country, uses our money to subsidize them, then when they get caught for violent criminality and can’t stay out of jail, it uses a manufactured “emergency” to cut funding and set them back out again to attack us.

    We are in the death throes of an expired White Republic. Your only job at this point is to survive and spread the pain where most deserved.
    Breaking News: FedGov Fed Court rejects drug testing for welfare recipients. Pay up, Whitey.

  • bigone4u

    Instead of cutting the BS spending on “diversity training” featured on Amren last week, the feds release criminals. Another case of stupid federal bureacratic thinking by affirmative action and DWL types. These retards can kiss my you know what. I’m tired of paying their fat inflated salaries.

  • We have got to target all republicans who did not even try to fight this. Get them out of office when it’s time to vote again. I will be making my list.

    • rebelcelt

      Vote the Constitution Party. I have had people tell me for years I was wasting my vote. I hear that a lot less nowadays.

  • Diamond_Lil

    OMG, I’m soooo scared, oh, nevermind, I live in SoCal. It’s not like I’d really noticed it or anything. Nevertheless, it is interesting how the WH is playing this card. It’s like a backslap demonization while pandering.

  • Chris

    How many times have we heard of an illegal being released, then going on to harm or kill an American? If that happens….

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    It’s not like anyone in obama, biden or napolitano’s family are going to be raped/robbed/murdered by an illegal, only us Kulaks who can’t afford armed bodyguards 24/7.

    This is warning shot and part of obama’s campaign of terror to scare us into compliance: “Pay up and do what we say or we’ll unleash hell on you!”

    Question: who is more dangerous? Raping, murdering illegal aliens set off to create fear and chaos? Or monsters such as obama and the DHS secretary?

    I swear, not a day has gone by since obama appeared that I haven’t been pissed off.


    • Jerrybear

      My advise to you is be armed at all times. The laws be damned. Our government doesn’t respect the rule of law. Why should you?

  • MikeS

    “The detainees have been freed on supervised release…..”
    I feel a migraine coming on.

  • JoePatriot12345

    The only illegals in jail are murderers, gang bangers, and child molesters.

    This boy in the whitehouse is a traitor.

  • Reason22240

    In 2010, a month after graduating college with cum laude honors, I was run over by a vehicle on the steps of a church being operated by an illegal immigrant who was being pursued by police for brandishing a gun at bar patrons a few blocks away. With this purely political tactic, I have lost complete faith in this country. Looks like Jeremiah Wright had it correct: God damn America.

  • ConcernedYoungAmerican

    It’s like I’m in a nightmare……Isn’t this ground for impeachment proceedings? So much for protecting us “from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

  • odious liberal

    Obama isn’t fit to clean the dog feces off an American’s boots.

  • Jefferson

    Obongo runs The United States like a 3rd world African dictator. I weep at the situation this country will be in by the time he leaves office on January 21, 2017. It will be a lot worst than when he first took office on January 21, 2009.


    Next the administration will be telling us a giant meteorite will wipe us out if sequester happens. And it isn’t really a cut at all but a reduced amount of INCREASE in spending. As a former federal supervisor, I can assure you that management at all levels keeps a reserve of at least 10%, which is far above the sequestered amount, so life will go on. This is the Democrats’ worst fear. Krauthammer the other night told of a memo going around Democrat circles to the effect that if sequester is allowed and nothing bad happens, it would be the “worst of all possible worlds.” obama’s going out on such a slim limb should tell us how desperate he’s getting.

  • Peoplesjustice

    So, if official law-enforcement continues to reduce its activity and stops doing its job because of lack of funds, perhaps the time will come for a little volunteer work on the part of citizens….

    • Puggg

      There was a short lived Drudge article about people in Oakland, California doing just that.

  • Fed Up

    All the hype and crapppola over those “deportation of Mexican criminals” by the Obama Administration. Yet what no one tells us . . HOW MANY of those deportees were back in our country continuing their criminal activities within weeks, if not days.

    Who is Obama kidding? Our border, despite the efforts, is still porous. Because the last thing the politicians want is to anger their corporate and business patrons who need unlimited access to cheap (illegal immigrant) labor.

    The endless b.s. about the growers and agri-business entities claiming they can’t get enough labor. What is not said, of course, those illegals would rather work in the bigger towns and cities. Where they can make more money, where crime opportunities are more readily available.

    • Puggg

      Because there were hardly actually any deportations to begin with.

  • Greg Thomas

    “In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country, an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said Tuesday.”

    “Highly unusual move.” No, I would say it’s business as usual. DHS was releasing illegal
    invading mestizos long before any “budget cuts” were introduced. This
    is not unusual. What is highly unusual, is the treasonous lows Napolitano has sunk in order
    to hold on to her purse strings. These people are criminals.

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  • I work in hospital and illegals come in the night to get treated. They always smile and are so nice even though they are ripping off our tax dollars and devalue our once great nation. We’re expected to smile and be civil to them. Also, check out the web sight called Organizing For Action, a grassroots organization set up by the White House. In it, watch the first lady and what she is promoting, well, it really does not say anything. Behind the scenes it lobbies for gun laws etc… In the video it is a picture of primarily third worlders. It is sickening.

    • Organizing for Action is merely a re-naming of Obama’s campaign organization, Organizing for America. It’s all part and parcel of his propaganda effort to seem like he’s perpetually campaigning, which in turn is part of his effort to cast himself as someone outside the system and out of power, so that he, Obama, typical black that he is, doesn’t seem to be responsible and therefore can’t be blamed for anything.

    • Greg Thomas

      I realize you are doing your job and have little choice. It is time we stop being required to be “civil” to them when they are engaged in an active invasion against us. I also realize the authorities would not tolerate such behavior from fed up Americans. I can
      guarantee however, that if the situation were reversed, White Americans would
      not be treated so civilly by mexicans in their country.

  • D. H. Andrews

    This is the latest outrageous assault on the U.S. by Obongo and his henchmen. What bothers me the most – because of the obvious dangers to White Americans – is that the White House officially today(as stated by the Propagandist-in-Chief, the whimp Jay Carney), is that the W.H. “has no knowledge of who authorized the release” and basically blamed it on ICE officials – along with a lot of fancy language meant to muddy the issue, read from talking points handed to him from the W.H.
    HUH? Someone is culpable. ICE officials acted almost in unison in several states to release felons back onto our streets(breaking into our country is a felony, you know). It’s just so overwhelmingly unbelievable that it insults the intelligence of the average citizen – that’s even paying attention. This ALONE is an impeachable offense. Obviously, the authorization of these multiple releases were done from orders originating in the White House.

    I hope the news(at least FOX) hammers this and it raises the ire of Joe Citizen so(once it gets around – b/c the MSM will put a positive spin on it) that it results in a full-scale investigation. Had George W. obviously ordered this sort of thing, there would be a media outrage and Articles of Impeachment drawn up by the Dems. But noooo. The community organizer strikes again and will no doubt skate. It will end up a one day story. Those these beaners victimize will not be reported either. I think you guys get my point and I’ll resign and go take my blood pressure medication.