instaPoll: Was the decision by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release illegal immigrants a valid means for reducing spending?

Office of Congressman J. Randy Forbes
2013-03-22 18:11:54
At the end of February, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced, ahead of the March 1st sequestration deadline, that over 2,000 illegal immigrants would be released from detention due to budget cuts. ICE later indicated that the detainees who had been released were non-criminals and other low risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories that would subject them to mandatory detention. However, 28% of those released have been charged with criminal offenses, some of which were aggravated felonies. Further, some of the individuals released may be members of violent criminal gangs. This week, when I had the opportunity to question John Morton, Director of ICE, about the decision, he could not confirm whether those released were members of violent criminal gangs or not. Watch the video here.

 

 

At the end of February, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) st sequestration deadline, that over 2,000 illegal immigrants would be released from detention due to budget cuts. 

ICE later indicated that the detainees who had been released were non-criminals and other low risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories that would subject them to mandatory detention.  However, 28% of those released have been charged with criminal offenses, some of which were aggravated felonies.

Further, some of the individuals released may be members of violent criminal gangs.  This week, when I had the opportunity to question John Morton, Director of ICE, about the decision, he could not confirm whether those released were members of violent criminal gangs or not.  Watch the video

The Budget Control Act, which set up the process of sequestration, was signed into law on August 2, 2011.  Since that time, ICE has had nearly 600 days to plan for spending cuts; however, they chose to release criminal, illegal immigrants just days before sequestration took effect.

Question of the week:  
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( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) ICE should have taken other measures to account for budgetary cuts.


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