Washington (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that the U.S. Homeland Security Department released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation from immigration jails in recent weeks because of looming budget cuts. It also planned to release 3,000 more during March.
The newly disclosed figures, cited in internal government budget documents reviewed by the AP, are significantly higher than what the Obama administration acknowledged this week as a "few hundred" illegal immigrants who were released under the budget-savings process.
The budget documents show that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released roughly 1,000 illegal immigrants from its jails around the U.S. each week since at least Feb. 15. The agency's field offices have reported more than 2,000 released before intense criticism this week led to a temporary shutdown of the plan.
Blog author's comments - Obama is using the sequester cuts as an excuse to do as much harm as he can and will, of course, blame the Republican Party. The Obama administration does not arrest illegal immigrants who are minding their own business. Every one of the illegals who were released from custody should be considered a danger to the communities. The low-information voters who gave Obama a second term do not know or understand what Obama is doing; he said he wanted to fundamentally change the country.