According to the document the cause of the release was sequestration The document shows that ICE had roughly 31,000 illegal immigrants and criminal aliens in detention – already below the 34,000 mandated by Congress – and planned to reduce that number to less than 26,000 by March 31, 2013.
According to Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte:“An internal document obtained by the House Judiciary Committee shows that Administration officials at ICE prepared cold calculations to release thousands of criminal aliens onto the streets and did not demonstrate any consideration of the impact this decision would have on the safety of Americans. The decision to release detained aliens undermines the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to keep our homeland secure and instead makes our communities less safe and more vulnerable to crime.
“Clearly, there are better ways to save money than to release criminals onto the streets. The House Judiciary Committee has found several ways the Department could save money in light of sequestration, such as reducing staff bonuses and performance awards and using unspent funds from inefficient state and local grant programs. But regardless of sequestration, DHS actually has plenty of funding to pay for the detention of criminal aliens. Unfortunately, it seems Administration officials are more interested in using sequestration to promote their political agenda than as an opportunity to get our nation’s fiscal house in order. The Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on this issue soon to get down to the bottom of this problematic situation.”
A review of DHS’s budget demonstrates that the Department actually has plenty of funding to pay for the detention of criminal aliens for three reasons. First, the Department has carried or will carry forward billions of dollars in fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Last year, the Department announced an unobligated balance of over $8 billion. The Office of Management and Budget projected that at the end of fiscal year 2013, the Department would have more than $9 billion in unobligated funds. Second, DHS has at least $70 million in unobligated user fee balances they could reprogram if they were to fall short. And third, the Office of Management and Budget has not even fully apportioned all of ICE’s funding for this year yet—$22 million is still to come.
In other words, this is being done to punish the American people
This criminal break-in is brought to you by Barack Obama