That's right, they call them "low-risk" and "non-criminal." Now where did we hear this before?
Oh, yes - back in 2010, when the Obama administration's "selective deportation" scheme first exploded into the news. At the time, it was reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton had authorized ICE attorneys via an internal memo to block deportation proceedings for illegal aliens who were deemed "low-risk."
But that turned out to be an utter fabrication. A spreadsheet obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) listed the specific violent crimes that immigration officials were prepared to overlook. They included: sexual assault, solicitation of murder, aggravated assault, assaulting a police officer, and kidnapping, as well as numerous drug charges.
But setting this aside for the moment, if nearly three years ago only those illegal aliens deemed "low risk" were released, what names do you suppose would be left in the ICE database? That's right. "high risk" illegal aliens, which are evidently the individuals who are now being subject to this new component of the Obama administration's amnesty agenda.
We also heard reference to the well-behaved illegal alien Carlos Martinelly-Montano, who killed a nun while driving drunk in Prince William County, VA, in August 2010. Judicial Watch fought tooth-and-nail to obtain an internal Obama Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on Montano, who had reportedly been arrested and detained several times prior to the accident. (Once again, we had to file a lawsuit against the DHS to get the report.) And what did we learn?
After being arrested for a series of crimes, including reckless driving and driving under the influence on no less than four occasions, Montano was repeatedly released by authorities, including the DHS.
The reason given by the Obama administration for releasing an illegal alien criminal then is the same reason we're being given now - not enough resources. According to the report, "In 2008, when the decision was made to release Montano, fewer beds were available in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area." The report also points to government policies that allowed immigration officials "broad discretion" about how to use detention resources.
And then there's this "poster child" of the Obama administration catch-and-release-illegal-alien scheme, courtesy of the New York Times:
Among those released in the past week was Anthony Orlando Williams, 52, a Jamaican immigrant who spent nearly three years in a detention center in Georgia. "I'm good, man," he said. "I'm free."
Mr. Williams, in a telephone interview from Stone Mountain, Ga., said he became an illegal immigrant when he overstayed a visa in 1991. He was detained in 2010 by a sheriff's deputy in Gwinnett County, Ga., 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. He was transferred to ICE custody and has been fighting a deportation order with the help of Families for Freedom, an immigrant support group in New York.
So now illegal aliens charged with assault, battery and child abuse are "low-risk" and non-criminal!? Under this administration, yes.
Folks, here's the unfortunate reality as I see it: People are going to die as a result of this reckless and shamelessly political decision. It's that serious. How do I know? Because it has already happened - many times.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who also doesn't buy the Obama administration's "sequester made me do it" excuse, agrees: "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."
As you might imagine, when the American people began to express outrage over this decision, the finger-pointing began. The Obama White House immediately passed the buck:
The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement's decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday.
"This was a decision made by career officials at ICE without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequestration," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
I presume that Carney's statement is a lie, but if this was done without the White House's approval, then Janet Napolitano, head of the DHS, and John Morton, head of ICE, should be fired. (At least one official in ICE, who ran the detention program, seems to have resigned over this latest outrage.) This is among the most craven, cynical and dangerous actions taken by this presidential administration. Even illegal immigration advocates were shocked by the move. One illegal alien criminal thought it was a joke!
But it's no joke. This is reality under President Obama's second term. Our investigators and lawyers are on the case. Stay tuned.