By AATTP Contributor, Han Chimpson
In the face of the looming sequester and the $85 billion that would be cut from the Federal Budget on March 1st if it takes effect, the Federal government has released hundreds of detained illegal immigrants. The number is sure to grow if an agreement is not made between Democrats and Republicans by the deadline.
The move is being touted as a “cost-saving” measure, since the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be facing a 5% budget reduction should the sequester cuts kick in.
TEApublicans appear to be flummoxed by the move, implying that it is a political stunt and a scare tactic on the part of the Obama administration, as negotiations continue.
Arizona Senator John McCain tweeted:
Was this really the only way to save money?
We can just imagine his angry “get off my lawn!” expression as he envisions dozens of illegal immigrants being released in his ultra-conservative home state!
And House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), proves that TEApublicans are still experts when it comes to distorting the truth with his comments on the matter.
It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration. By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives.
Never mind that Gillian M. Christensen, a spokeswoman for ICE, stated that the detainees being released were not ones with criminal records and were determined not to pose a threat to the public. A reported 45% of all detainees do not have criminal records, and since less than 5% of all detainees are being released, it’s a pretty good bet that none of them are the hardened criminals of which Goodlatte speaks.
Goodlatte also said this…
Unfortunately, this Administration has a poor record of enforcing our immigration laws and has routinely sought to undermine them.
… and is apparently unaware that under President Obama, more illegal immigrants have been deported from the United States than under any other president.
The Weeping Cheeto, otherwise known as John Boehner, whined, er, chimed in:
This is very hard for me to believe that they can’t find cuts elsewhere in their agency. I frankly think this is outrageous. And I’m looking for more facts, but I can’t believe that they can’t find the kind of savings they need out of that department short of letting criminals go free.
Cue sobbing sounds…
Well, the TEApublicans wanted cuts to the Federal budget, but apparently, they were caught off-guard by this move by the Obama administration, who appears to have the early advantage in this political game of chess. It could be worse – it could be their salaries that are being cut. We think that would be an even better idea!
Han Chimpson spends a lot of time monkeying around at the Ayn Rand Collected Social Security page, and thinks you are cool enough to do the same.