‘Mass budget pardon’: ICE frees hundreds of illegals, blames sequestration


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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has his hands full with what he called the “mass budget pardon” of hundreds of illegal immigrants being released in his county.

Fox News reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “released more than 500 detainees” this past weekend due to the upcoming automatic budget cuts. A spokesman for the sheriff told Fox News ICE may release up to 10,000 illegal immigrants in anticipation of the cuts.

According to the article, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen confirmed the release of the illegals, saying,

Over the last week, 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.

Babeu is understandably angry at this scare tactic telling Fox the Obama administration is going to “unnecessary lengths to demonstrate the impact of the so-called sequester.”

“President Obama would never release 500 criminal illegals to the streets of his hometown, yet he has no problem with releasing them in Arizona,” Babeu said. “The safety of the public is threatened and the rule of law discarded as a political tactic in this sequester battle.”

Babeu said Arizona is the “victim of gridlock in Washington:”

Clearly, serious criminals are being released to the streets of our local communities by this mass budget pardon. These are illegals that even President Obama wants to deport. This is insane that public safety is sacrificed when it should be the budget priority that’s safeguarded.

Read more from FoxNews.com here.



Janeen Capizola

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4 thoughts on “‘Mass budget pardon’: ICE frees hundreds of illegals, blames sequestration

  1. KB Cook says:

    If there was no contrived "crisis" called the sequester, what other excuse would they have offered for the planned release of prisoners upon the public? We would do well to prepare for the worst as it will come – sooner than later.

  2. Ladyliberty says:

    This is what dictators do when their upppity subjects dare to question their authority. Saddam did it, Stalin did it, welcome to the reign of Emperor Obama.

  3. Kathy says:

    Here comes the "Revenge of the Obama Administration" because it simply can't find a way to efficiently run the Country without raising taxes AGAIN! Be assured that this Administration will stop at nothing to inflict as much pain upon the American People as it possibly can…all because it has to cut $85 Billion Dollars out of its Unlimited Non-Existent Trillion Dollar Budget OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS! This is what happens when America no longer has a Government that represents its best interests.

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