Emails: ICE forced to release 5,432 jailed illegals, even terror suspects
The Obama administration, forced to cut spending under the congressional sequester, ordered immigration officials to slash jailed illegals by over 5,000, including some accused of "terroristic threats," drunk driving, drug and gun possession and sexual assault, according to newly revealed emails.
Hundreds of emails obtained by the Immigration Reform Law Instituteunder a Freedom of Information Act demand showed urgent demands from Washington to Immigration and Customs Enforcement outposts around the country to release illegals after the 2013 sequester went into effect.
The administration tried to prioritize non-criminal illegals for release, but pressure to move fast prompted the release of criminals. Several illegal immigrants detained for terrorist activities were cited in release emails obtained by the Institute.
Its investigation, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, portrayed the Department of Homeland Security's immigration agencies scrambling to cut the number of jail beds it was filling in a cost-cutting move to slash some $84 million taken in the budget sequester. ... Read the full story by Paul Bedard.