DHS freed more than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation since February

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 4, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    Take note. By law DHS is supposed to have 34,000 detainees. Napolitano admits that she has not done so.
    The next time she claims that immigration enforcement is adequate and we can proceed to legalize millions, let's remind her that for some time she has not complied with the law making the interior unsafe.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 4, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    Why isn't anybody asking the bigger question.

    Why were they released BEFORE the sequester took effect? Just because it was impending does not mean it will happen, look at the previous budget impasses we have faced.

    So, if DHS was not under the sequester spending limits, why would they release 2,000 illegal immigrants?

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    March 4, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    There is so much waste in federal government that it is a wonder why they only targeted DHS and DOD. According to FY budgets, in 2008 actual spending for the dept of Transportation was $68.6B, 4 years later it had risen to $84.1B in 2012. Dept of Energy actual spending was $24.1B in 2008 and had nearly doubled in 2012 to $40.5B(wasted solar and electric car investments). The Dept of Agriculture(includes WIC and Food stamps) rose from $69.6B in 2001 to $84.4B in 2008, $15B increase in 8 years. In 2012 that number had risen to $139B and the president proposed an increase to $154.5B in 2013. That is an increase of nearly $70B in 5 Years. The EPA's funding increased 70% from 2008 to 2011 going from $7.5B in 2008 to $10.7B in 2011. These are just 4 of the 24 different departments in the Federal government. But, this President and congress cut mainly from DHS and DOD. Just dumb. The only reason I can think of is that cuts in other departments would not be noticeable and therefore cutting funding would not infuriate the public. Politically motivated.

  • wrz Pheonix, AZ
    March 3, 2013 11:32 p.m.

    "But where you error is that this is an Obama problem. It isn't. It wasn't a Bush created problem either."

    I agree that this problem has been around for years through several presidents and will take some time to completely implement... But the government has to start sometime and the current GAO report identifying billions of savings is a good place. I aughta know since GAO has identified and reported on such inefficiencies and potential savings even back when I worked for GAO as an auditor.

    "Each department has to cut 7%."

    No, no. The across the board cut is about 2%... over two years. And it's not a cut of existing expenditure levels. It's a cut of increases. That's why Obama's ranting is crazy... No one has to be laid off since it's a CUT IN INCREASES.

  • wrz Pheonix, AZ
    March 3, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    @The Deuce:
    "My question is why these individuals were not deported rather than released."

    You gotta realize what Obama is up to... His goal for the next two years is to discredit all he can Republicans in the House. He has the Senate in his hip pocket. He's after the House. If he can get the House in the midterm election he will be free and clear to do his will in the last two years in his last term. He doesn't care a whit about sequestration or anything else so long as he can make the Republicans look bad.

    "Never letting a good crisis go to waste, the liberal government is using the sequestration of 85 billion in a vast sea of a 14 trillion deficit, as their green light to turn these illegal aliens loose back inside the country."

    Why turn them loose, you ask?... This is a ploy similar to giving amnesty to a certain group of illegals just as he did before he got elected. His goal in the release is to re-capitalize the securing the Hispanic vote for the midterm elections. See my comment above.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 3, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    UtahBlueDevil--amazing how you can spin an excuse for Obama.

    Excuses are a sign of weakness, and corruption.

    Through out history, most suffering, and poverty has come from bad governments. Despite the excuses.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    March 3, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Nothing to worry about. We have a well-armed citizens militia to protect us, compliments of the 2nd Amendment.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 3, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    Worf - there is no flip flop here. There was a plan to make sanctions if an agreement couldn't be made - as an incentive to give a motivation to get to work. How in the world do you call that a flip flop. Have you never told your kids that if you don't do "x", were going to have to do something - and often that something so stupid that you fully expect it will never need to be applied.

    Yes, it was Obama whose idea it was to put sanctions on bad behavior of congress. Congress agreed to these sanctions by putting them into law - in which Obama signed. Now congress didn't do their job, sanctions go into place, and it is Obama's fault....

    Will the partisan silliness never stip.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 3, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    KJB1--it was Obama who created these tax cuts--New Times Feb 17, 2013

  • dawgdeelux saratoga springs, UT
    March 3, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    Let's just sit back and watch, how many of these "Non violent, Non criminal..." released illegal immigrants will really show back up for deportation hearings. And when they don't be ready for this "Many of these people felt threatened and returned to their native home land by their own choice thus we have washed them off the rolls...". How better to keep the immigrant vote alive and well in the United States.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 3, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Tea Party, you can't have it both ways. If you
    hate government and don't fund it, this leaves
    government unable to provide the services
    you want.

    Probably what happened is some contracts
    for housing prisoners were up for renewal and
    with sequestration looming, it wasn't clear
    there would be money to pay so the detaines
    had to be let go.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 3, 2013 6:16 a.m.

    WRZ - I mostly agree with you that we can build a leaner and more efficient government. Businesses do it all the time - work to provide more service at lower cost. There should be a federal program rewarding federal employees who figure out ways to save the tax payers money.

    But where you error is that this is an Obama problem. It isn't. It wasn't a Bush created problem either. We have people who have worked in these jobs for decades. People who have spanned multiples of administrations. You have the same problem in the civilian side of business. People who have been in the same position multiples of years become myopic about how to run their business. So I reject the whole blame Obama game.

    As to under the current sequestration, can they do what you say. No. Each department has to cut 7%. Regardless. It isn't the 7% cut that is stupid.... it is how it is mandated to be applied and appropriated that is stupid. And there, Obama and Congress are equally responsible for playing chicken with our lives and money.

    You can't have your cake and eat it too. Same applies to government programs.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    March 3, 2013 12:13 a.m.

    My question is why these individuals were not deported rather than released. This would have been easier. Our President and his administration are in a world of hurt and they need to go. I am still amazed that the people of this country could not see this coming when they elected him. In any other position, he would have been long gone by now. Yes, we are the shareholders of this nation and we need a new President who can lead and get things done.

  • SpanishImmersed Mesa, AZ
    March 2, 2013 11:39 p.m.

    Never letting a good crisis go to waste, the liberal government is using the sequestration of 85 billion in a vast sea of a 14 trillion deficit, as their green light to turn these illegal aliens loose back inside the country.

  • ravonal Syracuse, UT
    March 2, 2013 10:57 p.m.

    So BHO has the equivalent of an executive conniption as his big power play fails and we're expected to just march right behind him? This release was a coldly calculated ploy by a reckless and irresponsible administration. Pathetic...

  • wrz Pheonix, AZ
    March 2, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    "You conservatives wanted your budget cuts, so this is what happens."

    What the conservatives want is an efficient government. Speaking of which, the US General Accountability Office (GAO) recently put out a report identifying billions that could be saved by correcting fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal government. A good manager would grab a-hold of that report and begin implementing. But no. We ain't got a good manager in the White House. I don't know who's dimmer him or Maxine Waters who tells us that sequestration will result in 170 million Americans being laid off... There ain't that many workers in US.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    March 2, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    DHS just bought over a billion bullets. They have the money, they are just playing politics, the people could of been deported instead. It's priorities, and Obama deciding to not deal with local sheriffs departments, and instead build country club facilities to house illegal aliens in brought this upon us.

    Poor management.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    March 2, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    You conservatives wanted your budget cuts, so this is what happens. Don't cut the government's ability to function and then complain about the results.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    March 2, 2013 7:38 p.m.

    What a mess--reflects this administration's poor, divisive leadership.