House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) late Thursday questioned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano using the current budget crisis as rationale to release possibly thousands of criminal illegal immigrants into the general population.
"In the tradition of the Obama administration to 'never let a good crisis go to waste,' lawmakers are fuming over the thought that the administration is using the sequestration debacle to provide themselves with cover to release more illegal aliens from detention facilities," said former police detective Iris Aquino.
"If these criminal aliens kill an American or two, it's a small price to pay for so many votes," Det. Aquino said with obvious sarcasm. "Besides, Obama and his news media sycophants will figure out some way to blame the GOP for the released criminal aliens and for any crimes they commit."
In a letter to Napolitano, Goodlatte and Grassley wrote, “The Department has decided to release criminal aliens into the population even though detention beds are below their average daily requirement of 34,000…While the Department released illegal alien detainees into the population on the basis of cost cutting, we find this decision particularly troubling because the Department has carried or will carry forward billions of dollars in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.”
Goodlatte and Grassley also wrote that they “received information that ICE is ‘mass releasing’ aliens convicted of fraud, theft, or drunk driving offenses, as these aliens are not considered to be subject to mandatory detention. According to other reports, illegal aliens who are documented gang members and those who have been arrested for but not convicted of a serious crime are also being released. Additionally, it is reported that fugitives and aliens with final removal orders are also being released. According to information we have obtained, many of these aliens are being released on simple recognizance.”
Goodlatte and Grassley added, “Simply blaming budget reductions as a means to turn a blind eye toward the national security of the American people is a dangerous plan and one that calls into question the Department’s preparations for sequestration.”
Meanwhile,a top public-interest NGO (non-governmental agency) reported on Thursday that the deadly results of President Obama’s “supervised release” program for illegal aliens were exposed long ago by a Judicial Watch investigation of a Bolivian national -- illegal alien Carlos Martinelly-Montano -- who killed a Catholic Virginia nun in a drunk-driving accident in Virginia.
A Homeland Security report obtained in the course of Judicial Watch's investigation describes the policies and actions of the Obama administration and local governments that allowed Montano, a criminal alien who did much more than just violate immigration laws, to remain on the streets despite being a prime candidate for deportation.
Rather than maintaining physical custody of Montano, federal official decided that he was eligible for their Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, which supposedly monitored his whereabouts, but is as ineffectual as the probation and parole systems in monitoring "clients."
According to news reports, on Aug. 1, 2010, while driving under the influence of alcohol, Montano crashed his car into another vehicle, killing one nun and critically injuring two others. In 2012, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but the fact remains that the tragedy never should have occurred. Federal immigration authorities never should have freed Montano under Obama’s outrageous “supervised release” program, according to Judicial Watch's report.
"Incredibly, the Obama administration continues full throttle with the controversial program. Earlier this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a large number of criminal aliens detained in facilities across the nation. The administration claims that impending 'seguestration' budget cuts forced the move and in a statement to the media ICE said the detained aliens have been placed on an appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release,” according to officials at Judicial Watch.
The New York Times, well known for its pro-Obama reporting called the move a highly unusual effort to save money. Then, as if to defend the administration, the story goes on to say that the government hasn’t dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, but rather the detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court.
A congressman from Virginia, the state where the drunk illegal alien killed the nun, called Obama’s early release program abhorrent. The lawmaker, Republican Bob Goodlatte, also chairs the House Judiciary Committee and says the administration is “needlessly endangering American lives by releasing criminals into communities.
“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration. By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the Administration is needlessly endangering American lives. It also undermines our efforts to come together with the Administration and reform our nation’s immigration laws. Unfortunately, this Administration has a poor record of enforcing our immigration laws and has routinely sought to undermine them,” said the congressman.