Feb 27, 2013
A full week ahead of the latest politician-made Armageddon or “sequestration,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano authorized Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to release more than 500 illegal alien criminals into the streets of Pinal County, Arizona.
Outspoken critic of President Obama, Sheriff Paul Babeu blasted the Washington gridlock gamesmanship and said “the ‘Sequester Budget Battle’ is already harming public safety in Arizona by ICE’s mass release of hundreds of illegals and plans for the release of nearly 10,000 more criminal illegals from prison.”
The Sheriff points out that “many of these ICE detainees are held at private facilities, which are contracted to house criminal illegals.” Apparently, ICE intends to reduce their prison beds from 34,000 to 25,700.
Sheriff Babeu explained the release of criminal illegal aliens into communities’ presents a clear public safety threat. “Clearly, serious criminals are being released to the streets of our local communities by this mass budget pardon. These are illegals that even President Obama wants to deport. This is insane that public safety is sacrificed when it should be the budget priority that’s safeguarded.”
According to the Pinal County Sheriff Department ICE agents were paid overtime on Saturday and Sunday to release more than 500 detainees in Pinal County alone. Sheriff Department officials suggest these criminal illegals were already scheduled for deportation, and will now receive a pardon, courtesy of the Obama administration. Most will be free to break the law again and become a problem for local law enforcement.
Arizona law enforcement officials also said the President’s “doomsday scenario” is already being implemented in Pinal County.
“President Obama would never release 500 criminal illegals to the streets of his home town, yet he has no problem with releasing them in Arizona. The safety of the public is threatened and the rule of law discarded as a political tactic in this Sequester Battle,” Sheriff Babeu concluded.
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