WH Lied About Releasing Illegal Immigrants Charged With Violent Crimes

Photo Credit: TownHallRewind the tape to February of 2013, when the Obama administration was ramping up its machinations to make the federal government run as poorly as possible in order to terrify the public about the looming (microscopic) sequester cuts — which were, we’ll remind you, President Obama’s own idea. The plan was to make the “consequences” of sequestration as unavoidable and unpalatable as possible — deliberately at the expense of responsible, priorities-oriented governance. The White House’s cynical ploy faltered, as they failed to fool most Americans, and as fact-checkers took them to task for their intentional, endless mendacity. The sequester went into effect, and the earth did not implode. But don’t say they didn’t try. Team Obama was earnestly committed to hurting as many people as possible as a means of turning voters against the concept of fiscal responsibility. One of their most reckless gambits over the course of their calculated ‘parade of horribles’ was the mass release of hundreds of illegal immigrants being detained for various reasons. The federal government couldn’t afford to hold them any longer, we were informed at the time, thanks to those “draconian” budget cuts:

Federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from detention centers around the country in recent days in a highly unusual 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 decision angered many Republicans, including Representative Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, 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…A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, said the detainees selected for release were “noncriminals and other low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories.” Officials said the releases, which began last week and continued on Tuesday, were a response to the possibility of automatic governmentwide budget cuts, known as sequestration, which are scheduled to take effect on Friday.

We’re not endangering public safety, the administration insisted. We’re only releasing non-violent illegal immigrant detainees. And we’re doing it because of these tiny budget cuts, Congress. So take the hint, and cancel the cuts. (Lord knows there wasn’t any federal fat to trim that didn’t involve flinging open jail doors). Well, USA Today has been digging into this episode and has gathered proof that the administration lied. Surprise…

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