U.S. Misinformed Congress, Public on Immigrant Release

Brad Heath, USA Today, October 22, 2014

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.”


The detainees were awaiting deportation or hearings in immigration court. The release did not stop those proceedings; instead, most were released with electronic monitors or other forms of supervision.


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. The agency released the spreadsheet to USA TODAY under the Freedom of Information Act.

ICE’s records do not indicate whether the detainees were convicted of those crimes or merely charged with them. The agency said it would not release information identifying any of the detainees because doing so would invade their privacy, so it was impossible to examine the details of their cases.

Morton, who resigned last year, told Congress that the more than 2,200 immigrants ICE released included 629 people with criminal records, all of them people who had been charged with misdemeanors “or other criminals whose prior conviction did not pose a violent threat to public safety.”

That accounting did not include 144 other detainees whose release ICE records attribute to “special issues.” Most often, that meant the detainees were let go because the agency had little chance of deporting them in the near future. The Supreme Court has said the government generally cannot hold immigrants for more than six months if it has no prospect of deporting them. To save money, ICE freed some detainees before the six-month clock ran out.


The former head of ICE’s detention operation, Gary Mead, said that if officials provided incorrect information to the public, they did not do so deliberately. Rather, he said, the release happened so quickly that ICE managers in Washington did not know precisely who had been released until after the episode had been reported by the news media.


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  • By “U.S. misinformed,” they mean the Obama White House misinformed, i.e. lied.

    That said, what consequences will become Obama and or his people for having lied?


    A lot of bad people do a lot of bad things precisely because they know or think there will be no consequences.

    • Anglokraut

      I was just thinking that: “misinformed? You mean “lied”?”

      Why is it okay for some, but not others, to lie to Congress? I’m not allowed to lie to Congress…

    • Sick of it

      Jared would wag his finger at them and call them naughty children, not take care of the problem.

    • M&S

      Impeachment begins with the people QD.
      Did we demand it, it would happen.
      Were our voices ignored, we could refuse to reelect those who failed to represent our will.
      Did people _think_ about the purey (24,000 dollars per man, per year, per prison term) consequences of such criminality wandering our streets, they would, at the very least, have a ready made challenge to Sequestration minded Feds, gutting everything they can, who yet manage to refuse to close our borders to such trash.
      And in this, you have the makings of the real reason why there is no justice for Obama’s treachery.
      The underlying hot-button topic benefits the Republicans via big business consumer indices as much as it does the Democrats who do it simply to destroy the white base and elect a new people, more manageable, in their place.

      • Black Swan

        Forget impeachment, we are far past that point. Lampposts are far more appropriate considering what this government has done to the native born population.

        There is also that nagging question about fair elections. IOW, there isn’t and won’t be another one, not to mention that both major parties work against the interests of White Americans.

        • The last pol I spoke with, I mentioned lamp posts.

          I want my lamp-post party.

          Federal government, they not so smarty,
          soon I get my lamp-post party.

        • M&S

          If we are incensed that this incompetent would put us all at such risk, then NOW is the time for impeachment.
          If we are /outraged/ when the body count (Ebola) or Social Consequences (Replacement) begins to build out of control and then we hang a black man from a lamp post, who will we be really mad at?
          Him for doing exactly what he has been, all along, while we did nothing?
          Or ourselves for failing to stop it, sooner?
          I say, cut ourselves some slack. Killing someone takes you places you can never come back from. Instead, we do just enough to win for our cause. We do not waste effort acting with excess force.
          That a man can be completely humiliated and lose all the power he was entrusted with in an act of total contempt by the people he ruled and from which we deny him ANY public voice as defense, then we have the moral supremacy by which no one can speak or act against us.
          This is our land, it was a monumental mistake to let anyone of another race rule over us, and we corrected that error of judgment. But we must prove, to ourselves and to our inevitable detractors, that we play by certain rules.
          And Obama the broken pretense of a fool who did not know how to lead and was cast down because he was incompetent to that task is far more scathing an indictment of blacks and the liberal left than a body in a street whose death marks our savagery and leaves open the debate about how unjust the act was.
          Instead of slamming shut any debate over how stupid the man is.
          Vengeance is the artifact of failure, a consequence of being too late to save what you have already lost.
          I say we impeach and prove it’s not about race but right.
          If ten million Americans signed an online petition to call their Congressman and demand impeachment, there would be no media suppressing or Congressional refusal to acknowledge that at least a /segment/ of the population wanted ‘a real change’.
          In leadership.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      My question for EVERY Republican Presidential contender in 2016 (your guy and mine) is this:

      “Will you direct your Attorney General to prosecute every significant crime committed by ANY member of the Obama Administration — no matter how high — and will you insist that these infractions are prosecuted to the full extent of the law…?”

      • I have no doubt at all that both your guy and my guy would unleash a megatsunami of indictments. That’s not my worry: My worry is that the guys who actually have a chance to win the rigged name recognition slash pay-for-play games that are Republican Presidential politics in 2016 (Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney) will give us some double talking meely mouthed nonsense and then tell us let bygones be bygones if they actually become President (which neither one will).

        My solution, OTOH, would be a lot more simple but a lot less clean. Give me control of the pen and phone, and there will be consequences, and by “consequences,” I mean ones a lot more painful and messy than indictments.

        Seriously, it’s going to come to something like that eventually.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          If the GOP were to nominate a Jeb Bush — or someone equally distasteful to real conservatives — it would be the final nail in the “Republican” Party coffin, and rightly so.

          It would be “proof positive” that there is no place for ANYONE in the GOP who is not a whore for the Chamber of Commerce, and who is capable of thinking for himself. It would also mean a hemorrhage of intelligent and thinking people to a Third Party…

        • Earl P. Holt III

          When I feel as you do — which is hourly — I go back and re-read Nobel Laureate Frederich Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom,” where he warns against the “Totalitarian Temptation”…

          That is not to say that I wouldn’t use deadly force if the opportunity presented itself, and it was “justifiable.” (In my case — Eric Holder being the communist and nigro criminal he is — this would probably require that I already be ventilated, with my assailant standing over me re-loading his own weapon…)

  • Garrett Brown

    If anyone living in today’s America is surprised by news like this they need to wake up.

    • propagandaoftruth

      What? Obama lied?

      • Garrett Brown

        ALL da time!

  • NoMosqueHere

    Barack Hussein Ebola’s goal is to transform america…into a third world criminal hell hole.

    • SentryattheGate

      And now, through Nerobama’s executive actions, 100,000 Haitians will help with that transformation.

      • Julius Caesar

        Don’t insult Nero like that. I’d take him over Obongo any day. At least HE was white.

    • Alpin Thueson

      Not Obama’s goal as has no real power of any kind. It’s the people who control Obama, controlled GWB, Clinton, GHWB and Reagan. Carter was the last POTUS who actually stood up to the khazar criminals.

    • Black Swan

      Barack Hussein Ebola has no agenda, he does whatever he is told, his handlers, however do have an agenda. And, they are not alone.

  • Luca

    We the kind of cops Brazil has. Save time and money. What;s the sense of locking them up if Liberals are going to throw open the prison doors?

  • 4321realist

    The worst thing that could have happened to this country is happening right now.

    The do-gooder white weenies elected a black anti-white hater to run the country who hates this nation, the whites who founded and built it, and its historical heroes.

    Is it any wonder he seems detached about everything, but domestic policy and amnesty? Moochelle says he gets up every morning back and forth from room to room, dressing, and singing. As if he doesn’t have a care in the world.

    And why should he not? He came in to office to destroy this country and elevate blacks, and non-whites and it’s working out perfectly for him.

    Now he is in the process of ethnically cleansing the people he hates most.

    And there’s not one single high-profile white with enough guts to stand up to him.

    • Black Swan

      He is detached because he doesn’t care and has no idea what is going on. He doesn’t work for the American people, he works for those who made it possible for him to be president and he does their bidding. His speeches are carefully written for him which he reads off of a teleprompter.

      He’s told what to say and do by his paymasters, the same ones that control both major political parties.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    Obama lied, the Truth has died…

  • Greg Thomas

    These people do not want a single illegal invader deported. It does not matter if they are facing serious charges or not. The only thing that matters is “transforming” this country.

    • SentryattheGate

      As this country becomes more lawless, with black rioting and violent Latino gangs, that will be the federal gov’ts excuse for martial law; the dictator’s boot coming down on us all, lawbreaker or not!

  • LHathaway

    I assume those with murder charges had already been convicted and had already served out their time, and murder is part of their past criminal record. So this is another group moved to the front of the immigration line?

  • Petronius

    What we’re seeing here is only the tip of a rather nasty Titanic-class iceberg. The true number of criminals released is unknown, but is well over 100,000.

    Breitbart Texas reported back in May that 36,000 convicted criminal illegal aliens were released. This group included 193 convicted of various homicides, 426 convicted of sexual assaults, and 303 of kidnappings.

    Those 36,000 were in addition to another 68,000 illegals with criminal records who were let go earlier without ever being processed for deportation.

    • SentryattheGate

      They will help to hasten the martial law coming to “instill law and order”!

  • Ograf

    Those sort of immigrants will fit nicely into the new 3d world America that these people are bringing forward with amazing speed. I can think of many points that Dr. WLP had hit directly on point about 15 years ago. I have watched all this stuff come about and watching the White race decline, soon to be not even a shadow of its former glory. I can only imagine it will get much worse as the minorities take over, thank God I had a chance to live in the late 50’s and early 60’s when America was America. I’m afraid it never will be again.

  • IstvanIN

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
    ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Public officials who had their nation’s and people’s best interests at heart would have these criminals deported, imprisoned for life or executed, not released into the population. They are not our citizens and we have no obligation to rehabilitate them or attempt to make them into productive citizens. We are ruled by nothing more than traitors.

    • Sick of it

      We suffer from foreigners proclaiming themselves to be Americans in order to destroy America from within. Barack Obama is a prime example.

      • IstvanIN

        True, but how to explain George W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and Lyndon Baines Johnson to name a few?

        • Sick of it

          In the ancient world, a man was not considered a part of a tribe or nation simply by being born on the same soil. The Founders really got that concept. Modern people don’t.

          • IstvanIN

            I get it. But you are right most modern (White western) people don’t get it.

          • Black Swan

            Because we are only told one-sided, biased current events and history.

        • dmxinc

          Useful, self-serving idiots.

        • Black Swan

          They were beholden to the same paymasters as Obama.

          LBJ say idly by after the the USS Liberty was attacked by Israeli Air force fighter jets killing 34 American servicemen. The Israelis claimed it was a case of mistaken identity, as did the Americans. Better, more reliable sources, including the surviving men, say the attack was deliberate.

          George W. Bush pushed us into a senseless war with Iraq, a country that was no threat to America or Americans but was a threat to another small ME country. Iraq was and is destabilized to this day, which was the prime directive, rendering it far less threatening, at a cost of thousands of American lives (Gulf Wars I and II) and untold numbers of dead in Iraq. Notice the media never print the number of dead Iraqis.

    • I’ll do ole Mark Cicero even one better:

      He never had to put up with political partisanship or ideological cults in his day. At least the traitor within can be made by people who are perceptive enough. Ideological cults and their practitioners take it one step further: They, even unbeknownst to them, try to pass off evil, greed, treason and a bunch of other bad things as some sort of positive virtue. Like a retrovirus, they ruin our ability to recognize evil as evil.

      Invent a time machine and bring Cicero to our times. Oh yeah, he’d have a lot of fun with liberals, egalitarians, libertarians, the whole lot of ’em.

    • Julius Caesar

      Always liked that quote. A great guy, he was.

      • IstvanIN

        Wise men are few and far between. We don’t listen to the ancients. We don’t listen to our founders. Wise men should be cherished, but of course, we know better, do as we please and prove the great men right time and time again as we destroy ourselves.

        • Julius Caesar

          You’re absolutely right. And I’ll respond with a quote of my own that somewhat goes with yours. “Tradition is not the worshiping of ashes, but rather the preservation of fire”-Gustav Mahler

  • MBlanc46

    The Obama administration lies about its immigration policy? I’m shocked.

  • archer

    “I’m going to transform America”, meaning make it a lawless society. In a properly run sovereign country these people would have been deported immediately not released back into the public.

    • HE2

      We are duly transformed, archer.

      BTW, ignore the question if too personal, but are you an Archer by name?

      My great grandmother’s maiden name was Archer.
      Interesting family.

      • archer

        No, I’m an archer with a bow.

  • Alpin Thueson

    Sounds like another case of ‘failed intelligence’.

  • Black Swan

    Illegal immigrants, by definition, are criminals. “Legal” immigrants, if they break any U.S. law that merits jail time should be deported immediately, along with their entire family and barred entry from the U.S. for life.

    Don’t think this isn’t being done on purpose, it is.

  • Well just ask any black man in the hood. Kidnaping, raping, drug dealing, pimping, and cop killing are only minor offences. its not big deal, its a black thing, as we know that us lighter skin people just wouldn’t understand.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    I am Shocked! SHOCKED, that those communists, nigros, queers, J*ws, and Islamic Agents of Influence in the Obama Administration would lie to us about anything…