GOP Chairman of House Judiciary Committee Calls Obama Administration’s Sequestration Release of Immigrants “Abhorrent”

Feb 26, 2013
5:17 PM

This just in today from The Hill, which reported that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R—VA) is not happy at all with the news that the Obama administration has released hundreds of low-priority undocumented individuals from immigration detention centers due to looming cuts from the sequester.


This is what Goodlatte said, according to The Hill:

“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” said Goodlatte, who will play a key role in immigration as Judiciary’s chairman. “By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives.”

Goodlatte said the move also “undermines our efforts to come together with the administration and reform our nation’s immigration laws.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released the illegal immigrants this week for fear the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts widely expected to be triggered on Friday would limit the number of detainees they could house.

ICE officials have reviewed several hundred cases, and have released detainees on special supervision programs that cost less than housing them at detention centers, according to agency spokeswoman Gillian Christensen.


Meanwhile, over in Nativist Corner, Alabama GOP Senator Jeff Sessions just couldn’t resist from commenting as well, when he issued a statement, also reported by The Hill:

It is clear the administration is using the sequester as a convenient excuse to bow to political pressure from the amnesty groups, as it did with its unilateral decision to confer legal status on millions who are not lawfully present.

With this new action, the administration has further demonstrated that it has no commitment to enforcing the law and cannot be trusted to deliver on any future promises of enforcement.

They really don’t know that President Obama and his administration has deported individuals in record numbers, do they?