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White House says it didn’t approve release of illegal immigrants

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The White House on Wednesday said it did not approve the release this week of hundreds of illegal immigrants being held in detention centers, as Republicans turned up the heat on the budget-cutting move ahead of the sequester.

White House spokesman Jay Carney and a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said the decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was not signed off on by the administration, but was made by career officials.

“This was a decision made by career officials at ICE, without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequester,” said Carney at Wednesday’s press briefing.Republicans have begun hammering the administration for answers as to why earlier this week ICE released “several hundred” illegal immigrants into a supervised monitoring program.

An ICE spokeswoman said the move, which targeted only illegal immigrants deemed to be a low public safety risk, was in preparation for the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, widely expected to go into effect on Friday, which would limit the number of detainees ICE could pay to house.

A DHS official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Hill on Wednesday that career detention facility administrators release low-risk illegal immigrants into a less costly supervision program on a nearly daily basis. Administrators make the call based on their budgetary and infrastructure constraints, without the need for sign-off approval from administration officials, the official said.

But House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and other top Republicans want more answers on the move, which Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called “outrageous.”

On Wednesday, McCaul pressed ICE

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/285295-white-house-denies-signing-off-on-release-of-illegal-immigrants#ixzz2MAm913I6

» 19 Comments

  1. Unneutral

    February 28th, 2013

    By his own admission Obama doesn’t seem to know anything about what goes on in his administration.

    Obviously he’s not fit for the job.

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  2. thirdtwin

    February 28th, 2013

    Yes, and I suppose career officials at the Pentagon made the decision not to deploy a carrier group to the Persian Gulf, because of the Evil GOP Sequester.

    Is there anyone in DC who will stand up to the weaselly, leading-from-behind, dickbag Campaigner In Chief?

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  3. Dan Ryan Galt

    February 28th, 2013

    Did I do that? President Urkel skates again.

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  4. Dan Ryan Galt

    February 28th, 2013

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    http://www.mission4today.com/index.php

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  5. IMPEACH Obama

    February 28th, 2013

    Slap down the BULLSHIT ARTIST and declare Martial Law already.

    Is Woodward the only patriot around ?

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  6. McFartus Spontaneous

    February 28th, 2013

    Looks like “Too Black to Fail” is failing.

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  7. Jerry Manderin

    February 28th, 2013

    REDUNDANT NEWSFLASH: Barack Obama is the WORST president in the history of the United States.

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  8. Czar of Defenestration

    February 28th, 2013

    “This was a decision made by career officials at ICE, without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequester.”

    So, what *else* should we expect to see?

    * No planes flying (already threatened by LaHood)?
    * Nuclear bombs going missing?
    * (gasp) empty toll booths on the highways?

    (…can’t *wait* to see copies of the WH orders, once leaked…)

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  9. Reiuxcat

    February 28th, 2013

    BULLSHIT!!!

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  10. Ohio Dan

    February 28th, 2013

    If the government isn’t going to do its job what do we need it for?

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  11. Anonymous

    February 28th, 2013

    @Ohio Dan,
    Don’t expect Preznit Affirmative to understand that he’s the LOSER in a game of chicken.

    Hopefully the rats around him, in Congress aren’t that dumb either

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  12. Mr.Gates

    February 28th, 2013

    I was born at night, but not last night. President street thug.

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  13. Anonymous

    February 28th, 2013

    HOW MANY impeachable offenses does this make?

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  14. Moochoman

    February 28th, 2013

    whoever made this odiferious decision should be fired for dereliction of duties. their duties are to enforce the laws not to change them at will.

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  15. Cruisin Cat

    February 28th, 2013

    “Career Officials”
    Well, there’s your problem right there.

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  16. Noelegy

    February 28th, 2013

    Damn, that’s a big bus. Room for everyone under it.

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  17. J Frank Parnell

    February 28th, 2013

    You lie!

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  18. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 28th, 2013

    The statement says 0bama didn’t APPROVE of the release of the illegal immigrants. But I’ll bet he had MAJOR input during the discussions about how they were going to do this without endangering Oscumbag’s legacy. I’ll bet what happened was prezidunce Obrainless made his WISHES clear and Vaseline Valerie was the one that ordered the release.

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  19. Ten Megaton

    February 28th, 2013

    Gary Mead, the senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his retirement the same day the agency said that hundreds of people facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to looming budget cuts.

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