Emails: Obama regime ordered ICE to release illegals charged with sex crimes, ‘terroristic threats’

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On Tuesday, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported that emails obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that the Obama regime ordered ICE to release over 5,000 jailed illegal aliens — including some charged with sexual assault, “terroristic threats,” drunk driving, drug and gun possession.

According to Bedard:

In the heavily redacted emails, one official called the forced reduction “BS,” and when concerns were raised about releasing violent criminal aliens, a top official assured, “Stay calm. You have not done anything wrong.” In another, an immigration official forwarding release orders pleaded, “Don’t shoot the messenger.” And in a fourth, a top official wrote, “We must decrease our population by COB today. Let’s do this now.”

In the emails, officials referred to the immigrants as “bodies.”

And in one, officials asked what should be done if a load of smuggled immigrants were captured during the cutback. In a Feb. 25, 2013 memo, the director of the Colorado ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations office said arrests can be made, but none will be detained.

“Yes, you would be correct that after reading this, you are wondering about smuggling loads. [Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol] are free to arrest and process anyone they desire; however, we are the funded entity for detention space and only cases that meet the requirements above will be housed. That means an illegal in a smuggling load will NOT be housed,” said the memo.

“These emails make it crystal clear that the administration was more concerned with the political optics of its immigration enforcement efforts than with its duty to keep Americans safe from criminal and illegal aliens,” said Federation for American Immigration Reform spokesman Dave Ray.  “Unfortunately, some American families paid the ultimate price – the loss of a loved one – for this political theater.”

This is the price we’re paying to be politically correct — and it’ll only get worse under Clinton if she wins in November.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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