Feds Free Illegal Immigrants Ahead of Sequester Cuts
GOP calls move by customs agency a political stunt
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2013 5:15 PM CST
A file photo of illegal immigrants after being processed at a border post in Tucson.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – As the clock ticks toward Friday's sequester deadline, we get what the AP calls the first tangible sign of those automatic budget cuts: The feds have released hundreds of illegal immigrants awaiting deportation hearings at detention centers around the country, reports the New York Times. A spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office tied the move directly to the looming cuts: “ICE has directed field offices to review the detained population to ensure it is in line with available funding."

Technically, the detainees remain under court supervision, but if history holds, most will never show up for their next court date, reports the Washington Post. Republicans immediately called it a political stunt. “It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” said Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte in a statement getting wide circulation. Earlier, Obama again urged congressional Republicans to compromise before Friday, calling the cuts "a self-inflicted wound that doesn’t have to happen.” (John Boehner, meanwhile, had some colorful advice to the Senate on the sequester.)

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Feb 27, 2013 4:22 PM CST
Criminals? Did they cause 9/11? Did they do the shooting of Senator Gifford in Tucson? Did they do the shooting in the theater? Did they shoot all those innocent children in school? Are they lighting up forest fires? The answer to all those questions above is "NO". You haven't seen any because all they want is to work and feed their families. That is more than I can say for many so called American Dead-Beat dads. Socialist Americans living on unemployment checks and welfare as a way of life. Why don't you read into it. Whenever I cross back into the U.S. and am stopped by border patrol asking my citizenship...after I give them what they want, I ask them: "How many Osama Bin Ladens have you caught today? Yesterday ? Last week? Last year?"....they say ugh....ah...."None"....I fire back and say: "Then leave these people alone, all they want to do is work".....they say nothing Now mind you, I am so glad when they get drug traffikers and I support the border patrol agents hunting and apprehending criminals.....I do not consider people wanting to work criminals. I met an illegal lady yesterday sweeping in a mall. I was having lunch...made some small talk with her. She said she was working three jobs. Kiddingly I told her that was because her lazy sons didn't want to work. She said, whoever wants to work is working. Dumb, lazy so called Americans complain about the illegals taking their jobs. Simply, they don't want to work. No one believes their assinine excuses. I for one, have been working since I was eight years old. I have never collected an unemployment check. Ever. Law breakers? You have never broken the law? Never have gotten a speeding ticket? Never driven drunk?...with the possibility of killing someone because of being drunk?....Never gone through a red light? 1942
elnoraboari53
Feb 27, 2013 3:03 PM CST
before I saw the paycheck 4 $7813, I accept ...that...my mom in-law woz really erning money part-time on their apple labtop.. there aunts neighbour had bean doing this 4 less than and by now repaid the morgage on there home and got a brand new Chevrolet Corvette. this is where I went, -- xrl.us/boi6u6
right2dave
Feb 27, 2013 8:55 AM CST
Obama is elated!