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.
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