Obama’s first sequester move: Releasing “waves” of illegal immigrants from detention centers

posted at 4:01 pm on February 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

C’mon. What’s his next move, ordering the Border Patrol to stand down because he supposedly can’t afford to pay them? Oh, right. That is his next move.

This makes me more enthusiastic about the sequester, just because now I’m curious to see how derelict he’s willing to be in his duties to in the name of putting political pressure on the GOP. Next up: Suspending TSA checkpoints at America’s airports, maybe? Where else is he going to find two percent savings in three-plus trillion in spending?

In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country in an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said…

The agency, Ms. Christensen added, “is continuing to prosecute their cases in immigration court and, when ordered, will seek their removal from the country.”

Officials did not reveal precisely how many detainees were released or where the releases took place, but immigrants’ advocates around the country have been reporting that hundreds of detainees were freed in numerous locations , including Hudson County, N.J.; Polk County, Texas; Broward County, Fla.; and New Orleans; and from centers in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and New York.

While immigration officials occasionally free detainees on supervised release, this mass release — so many in such a short span of time — appears to be unprecedented in recent memory, immigration advocates said.

Mark Krikorian calls this the “never let a sequester go to waste” strategy, in which O achieves two goals in one fell swoop — turning up the heat on the GOP to cave on cuts, yes, but also tossing the amnesty fans in his base a bone by reducing border enforcement on the very day that he’s meeting with McCain and Graham at the White House to talk immigration reform. Question for liberals: If he’s suddenly all about penny-pinching in base-pleasing ways, how about getting him to cancel the next year of federal marijuana prosecutions for nonviolent offenders instead? After all, the “waves” of illegals released today will all be legal soon enough. If you’re looking to seize an opportunity for a little emergency cost-cutting social engineering, rolling back the drug war is in more dire need of a jumpstart than immigration.

Via Mediaite, here’s Andrew Napolitano musing about the legal consequences for a president who deliberately seeks to make the federal government perform more poorly than it has to.


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Welcome to the irrelevant fringe echo chamber called Hot Air. A bi#ch and moan echo chamber that continues to be more irrelevant everyday.

HotAirLib on February 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Then what are you doing here?

TarheelBen on February 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Welcome to the irrelevant fringe echo chamber called Hot Air. A bi#ch and moan echo chamber that continues to be more irrelevant everyday.

HotAirLib on February 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

… says the moaning bi#ch, here to echo the other leftist f*ckwit trolls, lol.

Midas on February 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM

“Waves” is several thousands…just reported by sherif in AZ.

There is NO sequester in place yet.

It is NOT a cut.

Napolitano spent thousands in overtime dough to release several thousand criminals, without notifying the public, the police, the sherifs.

Obama and Napolitano are criminals.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Welcome to the irrelevant fringe echo chamber called Hot Air. A bi#ch and moan echo chamber that continues to be more irrelevant everyday.

HotAirLib on February 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

That “echo” you hear is America rising.

dpduq on February 26, 2013 at 10:34 PM

If we ARE serious about putting our fiscal house in order, then let’s stop the hysterics, tighten our belts, and take our medicine.

- Sarah Palin

idesign on February 26, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Nice to see Sarah again, thanks idesign.

bluefox on February 26, 2013 at 10:35 PM

They found over 150 sun charred dead bodies just south of here last year. Despite no more deaths.org putting out the water barrels.

There will be one helluva lot more this year. What a way to die, libs. Fried in the Sonoran desert.

wolly4321 on February 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

lol, are all the trolls in here tonight? They are so bitterly floundering, it seems like they’re crying to each other to help them out.

You lefty nitwits are laughably, pathetically moronic tonight, kids – much more so than usual! Hat’s off to ya – hard to beat your usual level of stupidity, but somehow you’re pulling it off tonight!

Midas on February 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

then you’d undoubtedly feel confused.

bayam on February 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Nah, it was Al-Gore, as in Al-Jezeera. He said so.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Seems some mental patients have been let out off meds as well.

verbaluce on February 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

And you’d know…but, don’t worry. Obamacare will get you back on those meds in no time.

Solaratov on February 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Long live the Sequester! Perhaps he will be so derelict that even the Low Information Voters finally will recognize him for the craven, ignorant, empty suit that he is. I’m not holding my breath though…

How I learned to love the Sequester

imperfectamerica on February 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Welcome to the irrelevant fringe echo chamber called Hot Air. A bi#ch and moan echo chamber that continues to be more irrelevant everyday.

HotAirLib on February 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Sing Daisy for us, HAL.

You know you want to.

Now, shut up and sing, b!tch!

Solaratov on February 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM

So allowing so many criminals into our country to run hogwild and cause trouble is supposed to increase calls for amnesty? Yeah… good luck with that.

Ukiah on February 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM

So allowing so many criminals into our country to run hogwild and cause trouble is supposed to increase calls for amnesty? Yeah… good luck with that.

Ukiah on February 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM

They were already IN centers awaiting deportation, in this Country. This is terrorism, straight up.

Bulletchaser on February 26, 2013 at 11:15 PM

bayam on February 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM

You can’t be serious posting a snippet from a leftist economic policy blog that totally ignores unfunded mandates and uses percentages as opposed to hard numbers to make it’s case. If you were honest at all you would state the IBD article was quoting The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

voiceofreason on February 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I wouldn’t allow obama to eat my dung if he were starving…yup, i’m a bastard like that.

OldWeaselKeeper on February 26, 2013 at 11:21 PM

If this turd appeared in my city I’d place him under Citizens Arrest.

wildcat72 on February 26, 2013 at 11:22 PM

This was bound to happen – no, not the money. When you get reelected with his record on binders and big bird and with legions of racial votes from black neanderthals looking to “keep Obama in president” and with a press that will cover your ass no matter what you do, he justly feels invincible. We were bound to see this kind of naked assault on the constitution. As he continues to get away with it, it will only get worse.

crrr6 on February 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM

How is something ALMOST an impeachable offense?

The Rogue Tomato on February 26, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Call me a conspiracy theorist or such but it seems that he was arming terrorist organizations and/or just giving them a pat on the back of the hand not long ago, now letting illegals out, un-securing our borders,taking our gun rights away… doesn’t it seem a bit ummm like he is setting us up to be attacked again? I don’t know about you but I’m getting a bit scared… Unless someone can convince me I have nothing to worry about…

ThinkingForMyself on February 26, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Ok I’ll admit I didn’t look at the list of “off limits” items, but don’t we spend around 50 billion a year on foreign aid? How about total spending on our funding of the u.n.? I’m sure another couple billion there. Why am I not hearing any cries at all for taking this money to pay for this sequestration? Why are we taking money from legitimate functions of government? If we don’t have the money to run our own government, then we shouldn’t be spending our (borrowed) money to run someone else’s.

Paco on February 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM

ThinkingForMyself on February 26, 2013 at 11:58 PM

You sound like one of those paranoid teabags

nonpartisan on February 27, 2013 at 12:23 AM

nonpartisan has the wrong nom.

S/b nobrain.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Watching a re-run of Greta and she said these illegal aliens were being released a week ago. The Sheriff of Arizona said they started releasing 200 per day into his County and not all were even from his County. They have criminal backgrounds as well.
He or other Law Enforcement were not told.

bluefox on February 27, 2013 at 1:24 AM

He should be overthrown, not impeached.

Ronnie on February 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Willie Horton II in 3… 2…

Ronnie on February 27, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Treason on the hoof.

profitsbeard on February 27, 2013 at 2:47 AM

Defeats liberal “logic” every time.

Midas on February 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

There is no such thing. Hence the quotes, I imagine.

John the Libertarian on February 27, 2013 at 4:19 AM

There is no crime Obama could commit that would cause enough Democrats to turn on him. There is an innocent movie producer in jail because he needed a scapegoat with Benghazi. He has reserved the right to kill Americans at will with not even due process but even any kind of congressional oversight.

crrr6

How racist of you.

He is Obama. He can do as he wants. He can speak as he wants. His dog eats special meals created and cooked by special White House chefs. If he were to not release criminals into our society from detention centers, his dog might have to eat a common name brand of dog food from the pet store.

Even John Boehner would never think of denying Obama’s dog a good meal prepared from a special chef at tax payer’s expense.

JellyToast on February 27, 2013 at 6:43 AM

My take.

kingsjester on February 27, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Comrade O takes a page from Comrade Castro’s playbook.

Remember when Castro released the “political” prisoners in his jails and sent them to the US, as “political” refugees? IIRC, that was after Jimmah The Righteous demanded he release those he had jailed for political reasons.

Comrade O is using illegal alien detainees as pawns. Not sure how he thinks this will get him R votes in Congress. So apparently he is only doing what he really wants to do anyway. If he could he would make them all citizens tomorrow, and register them to vote, not necessarily in that order.

farsighted on February 27, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Have any of our resident (D)s addressed why this is economically reasonable, or are all the posts as unthinkingly shallow and supportive of crass political maneuvering and laughing at what amounts to a suicide bomber technique:
 

lol
 
sesquipedalian on February 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

 
(wow, btw)
 

Smaller government.
 
verbaluce on February 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

 
Have any supporters made a case for this being a pragmatic approach over cuts in admin, transportation leases, etc.?
 
Would you care to now?
 
Can you?

rogerb on February 27, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Have any supporters made a case for this being a pragmatic approach over cuts in admin, transportation leases, etc.?

Would you care to now?

Can you?

rogerb on February 27, 2013 at 7:13 AM

“Pragmatic approach” ?

Fat chance. These folks need a dictionary for that.
They work on emotion. DHS, with it’s premature ejactulation, is proof positive.

Jabberwock on February 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM

He should be overthrown, not impeached.

Ronnie on February 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM

He’ll never be impeached, so keep the first option in mind for later on down the road if need be…….especially if Barry decides to throw discretion and the Constitutional limits to the wind and, emulating FDR in the midst of national crisis, run for a third term in 2016, or decide the nation cannot exist without his brilliant and focused leadership and have himself established as our Permanent Imperial President For Life (TM)

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Last time I checked, the world wide web was created and run by liberals. But correct me if I’m wrong.

bayam on February 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Bwahahahahaha.

Al Gore, is that you?

farsighted on February 27, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Congress needs to do their job and impeach this lazy, lying, narcissistic fool.

phoebe1 on February 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Have any supporters made a case for this being a pragmatic approach over cuts in admin, transportation leases, etc.?
 
Would you care to now?
 
Can you?
 
rogerb on February 27, 2013 at 7:13 AM

 
Five hours and no case made, but you (D)s are active elsewhere on HA.
 
We can mark that down as a definite “no”, then.
 
Pathetic. It’s nothing more than pawns surrounding the queen.
 
As was mentioned upthread, your proxy did this. You, rather than object, are simply enjoying the political laughs.
 
We object, but he’s not concerned and is only interested in the political advantage it gives him against us. He’s polled and calculated that you (D)s don’t care. Clearly he’s right.
 
Any rapes, assaults, DUI deaths, etc. that even one of these individuals commits rests squarely on your shoulders.

rogerb on February 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The Associated Press ‏@AP

BREAKING: Homeland Security official resigns after release of illegal immigrants blamed on budget cuts

canopfor on February 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Since the Fed’s won’t enforce immigration law, it’s up to us.
Armed citizens every 500 yards along the border…back 200 yards from the line. Bring your deer rifle.
Shoot anyone on sight crossing at any place other than a border checkpoint.

dirtengineer on February 28, 2013 at 2:21 AM

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