Homeland Security official retires after release of illegal immigrants blamed on budget cuts

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 28, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Can this lead to civil unrest, and rioting?

    Not good leadership.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    To cjb...
    The sequester hadn't even started yet, when these prisoners were released. And even if it had, it doesn't actually effect any government agency for approximately a month. Therefore, this was political thru and thru. The head of the organization knew he was quitting, and knew it would be controversial, so waited until the very day he was leaving before pulling this stunt. Also, please note that the Obama administration didn't criticize the move at all. Instead, they tried to justify it... even while saying they weren't notified beforehand.
    This prisoner release falls exactly in line with the other actions Obama has been doing in regard to dealing with illegal aliens... allowing big groups to "legally" and indefinitely stay, and also strongly pushing for an amnesty for the rest. All for political gain. Had 70% of the Hispanic vote been for the Republicans instead of Democrats in November, you can bet your bottom dollar his actions regarding this controversial issue would be entirely different. He's now simply rewarding them for their votes and trying to keep them. Pure politics all the way.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 28, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    How long till these illegal immigrants qualify for benefits?

    Our commander is showing leadership?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 28, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    The person who created sequester is the one same who is against it, and blaming republicans.

    I don't get it.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 6:38 a.m.

    If Congress doesn't allocate the money for government services, those services disappear. Its not rocket science.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    John Woodward, Washington Post senior editor and solid liberal has called Obama's actions "madness". It is like we are reliving Fidel Castro's release of Cuba's mental patients some thirty plus years ago. We have a president who is not representing the people.He is simply a liberal Democrat and that who he represents. It is time for the media to research the news and quit being a silly lapdog for this president.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    Since the early Bush years detention space has been an enforcement game.
    Very little of the bed space is actually in federal facilities. Most is rented from county jails or contracted out to for-profit prison companies.
    All the while prisons are empty and could have been used to house detainees. (Case in point is the Thomson prison in western Illinois.)
    Obama threw a wrinkle in the program by insisting that the detainees be housed in dormitory-like facilities with cooking classes, dance lessons and conjugal visits. And free medical/dental care.
    At the heart of the problem is detention time. 20 days ought to be the limit in clearing people for deportation but we stretch it out for years.
    Sorry to ramble on but this program is just another case of Washington doing everything but enforcing immigration law and simply deporting illegal aliens promptly.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    They could of been deported instead, for a lot less money in the long run.

    Add this official walking away after seeing this injustice, add in the ICE labor union going to court against Obama's waivers. Plus the administration just purchase 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition and sniper rounds for DHS.

    This is what happens when your tear a department apart, and refuse to enforce the laws. Just one question, who will the rounds of ammunition be unes against? the citizens, ice?

  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    Feb. 27, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    And why do we have the second amendment, To protect ourselves from stupid people who run our country.

  • Chase Saint George, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    I'm familiar with this game. It's called, "Good Cop/Bad Cop".
    White House: "Those dang DHS folks"!

    If you arrive a work late too many times - you'll surely be reprimanded and maybe fired. This guy can order the release of folks that don't belong in our country - ZERO CONSEQUENCE.

    Greater responsibility, greater accountability? NOT IN AMERICA!

    The mass-releasing of "prisoners" is not a new "political" scheme. It's been done before by sinister men for . . . let's say . . . purposes that are not innocent or pure...

    The amount of political stupidity mixed with corruption is an age old problem but now with modern stakes (read: rewards). It will come to a head soon...

    “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
    This applies to ALL politicians - both sides of the isle.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    Pure political move. We all know the "sequestration scare" is just another doom-and-gloom scare tactic being played by both sides in Washington. Fact is, Washington spends too much money. This $85 billion is a drop in the ocean and amounts to only 3 cents on every dollar. I wish the sequestration was higher and we could have real budget reductions, but until Washington stops using base-line budgeting, the spending will be higher and higher.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    This goes to far.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 27, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    How much is Pakistan earmarked to receive?