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3/6/2013 (1 year ago)

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Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denies responsibility for the decision

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials developed plans to release about 5,000 illegal immigrant detainees. That's the recent discovery that was made under a House Investigation. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has denied responsibility for the decision.

Janet Napolitano claims this wasn't her decision. 'Detainee populations and how that is managed back and forth is really handled by career officials in the field,' she told journalists.

Janet Napolitano claims this wasn't her decision. "Detainee populations and how that is managed back and forth is really handled by career officials in the field," she told journalists.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/6/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Janet Napolitano, Immigration Customs Enforcement, release, detainees, immigrants


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "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," committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced.

The ICE document contains a table that proposes "reduc[ing] invoiced daily population by 1,000 weekly." Between February 22 and March 31st. Under this arrangement, the number of detainees would drop from 30,748 to 25,748.

"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," Goodlatte said. "[R]egardless 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."

Napolitano claims this wasn't her decision. "Detainee populations and how that is managed back and forth is really handled by career officials in the field," she told journalists.

Napolitano also confirmed that the releases would continue. "We are going to manage our way through this by identifying the lowest risk detainees, and putting them into some kind of alternative to release," Napolitano said.

According to the New York Times, one "low risk" detainee as defined by ICE is "when it was discovered that he had violated probation for a conviction in 2005 of simple assault, simple battery and child abuse, charges that sprung from a domestic dispute with his wife at the time."

"If convictions for 'simple assault, simple battery and child abuse' make you 'low-risk,' what do you have to do for Janet Napolitano to consider you 'high-risk'?" one pundit asked.

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