Well, get your shocked face ready, because they were lying through their teeth. Again.
Thousands of illegal immigrants already released, according to report
Thousands of illegal immigrants ticketed for deportation have been released from federal detention centers in recent weeks, according to a report that came out even as the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denied any involvement in the policy.
Plans to release illegal immigrants in anticipation of looming budget cuts were announced earlier this week, but the report by The Associated Press detailed the policy had already taken effect and on a much larger scale. Citing federal documents, the agency said more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation had been released from immigration jails and plans exist to release 3,000 more people by the end of the month.
Got that? They had already released thousands of illegals slated for deportation before they made that threat. Not only that, but they had thousands more scheduled for release regardless of whether sequestration happened or not. This was a completely empty threat. Actually, no, scratch that, it's even worse. It's the terrorist threatening to kill the hostages that are already dead - those criminals had been released before they ever made the threat, and even if sequestration had been avoided, they'd have been released anyways.
Now, they're saying that the decision to release these immigrants was made "in the field", which if you believe that I've got prime oceanfront property in Arizona to sell. They honestly expect us to believe that "field agents" are releasing thousands of illegal aliens scheduled for deportation without contacting ICE directly. And, wow, in states like AZ, TX, CA, and ... Georgia? AZ/TX/CA are understandable - that's a lot of where the traffic is coming from Mexico, but GA? I suspect they're sending a message, and not a particularly good one.
How do you know an Obama administration official is lying? Their lips are moving...
That is all.
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