Immigration detainee release under fire
February 27th, 2013
03:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Immigration detainee release under fire

(CNN) - At first, Miguel Hernandez thought it was a mistake, or worse, a joke. The 19-year-old had been pulled over for failure to use his blinker, but the fact that he is an undocumented immigrant landed him in a detention center in rural Georgia. Hernandez was certain that deportation proceedings would follow soon, and was mulling over it when a guard brought some news: he was being released.

The package of forced budget cuts, known as sequestration, will mean $85 billion of government-wide cuts. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision to move detainees to less costly supervision options was met with backlash from Republicans who accuse the Obama administration of using scare tactics to win a political battle.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Releasing undocument immigrants is scare tactics? That's such a revealing accusation. I mean, who's afraid of a little illegal immigrant? The right wing is afraid of them, and they're actually trying to scare their own base.

    February 27, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Donna

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision to move detainees to less costly supervision options
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    So is the LSM calling them on their lies? Releasing people outright is not moving them to less costly suppervision options. There is no supervision involved in releasing them.

    So when one of these released illegal alien criminals kills an American citizens or severely injures them, will Obama be charged as an accessory to the crime? He has certainly enabled it to happen and should be charged.

    It seems Obama and the Democrats have no problem with theatening and endangering the lives of American citizens. They did it with Fast & Furious, they did it in Benghazi, and now they are doing it here at home.

    February 27, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    When a successful black person talks like a conservative, conservatives will swoon over him, just like they did for Herman Cain
    -------------------------------------------------
    Well actually.....When a successful Black person talks like a conservative THEY WILL USE him, over an over and then dispose of him (or her) when they have achieved their objective....which did NOT involve truly embracing that Black person, nor much less the race he/she represents.
    Herman Cain was their step-and fetch, for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. They knew good and damn well he'd take himself out of the running one way or another

    February 27, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "So when one of these released illegal alien criminals"

    Someone didn't read the article....again.

    February 27, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Strategic Bob

    The Rethuglicans would be quite content to see the illegals left in detention. No money to feed 'em? Not a problem, let 'em starve!

    February 27, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Donna wrote:

    So is the LSM calling them on their lies? Releasing people outright is not moving them to less costly suppervision options. There is no supervision involved in releasing them.
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    What are you talking about? This is Mitt Romney's original idea, self deportation.

    February 27, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Anyone who is caught in an immigration sting for minor offenses like overstaying a visa should be release with a GPS ankle attachment so that they can move about but still be tracked down.

    February 27, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That was totally political, and not one thing about it makes any sense whatsoever.

    February 27, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. critical thinking

    This President lacks virtually all leadership skills. He is a child.

    February 27, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    "It seems Obama and the Democrats have no problem with theatening and endangering the lives of American citizens. They did it with Fast & Furious, they did it in Benghazi, and now they are doing it here at home."

    Two choices for you: (1) call it a day, and get on with your life. (2) continue to wallow in self pity and self denial.

    February 27, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Tea Partiers and extreme fiscal conservatives wanted budget cuts at any cost. The released immigration detainees posed little or no security risk, not worth the cost of keeping them in jail. Of course, Republcians will try to make a partisan political ruckus over this.

    February 27, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Name lynn

    The american people get pull over in their cars for mostly everything, the immigration is no better so whats the big deal why cant the people leave the immigration alone.

    February 27, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Donna
    You're all worked up aren't you? A lack of reading comprehension and a steady diet of GOP misinformation will do that to you.
    May I suggest that you grab your gun, Prozac, and a good book on basic grammar and crawl back under your rock/bed.

    February 27, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Anonymous

    "It seems Obama and the Democrats have no problem with theatening and endangering the lives of American citizens. They did it with Fast & Furious, they did it in Benghazi, and now they are doing it here at home."

    Two choices for you: (1) call it a day, and get on with your life. (2) continue to wallow in self pity and self denial.
    -------------------------------------------------
    (3) Double up on your paranoia medication, evidently the current dosage is not working.
    (4) Take yourself out of your misery any way you see fit.

    February 27, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Tea Partiers and extreme fiscal conservatives wanted budget cuts at any cost."

    Not true. They very specifically wanted the cost to be further damage to the economy and recovery while a black Dem was POTUS.

    February 27, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. chilly g

    the republicans need to me the president half way, and someone need to tell the hateful house member that they do not
    control the president and at the end of his term his agenda will be accomplish.

    February 27, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Getoverit

    " They very specifically wanted the cost to be further damage to the economy and recovery while a black Dem was POTUS."
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    Still on the race card. Yawn.....

    February 27, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    chilly g

    the republicans need to me the president half way, and someone need to tell the hateful house member that they do not
    control the president and at the end of his term his agenda will be accomplish
    -------------------------------------------------
    Chilly nobody is meeting anybody anywhere. They've had over four years of obstructing even their own proposals and bills. They HATE this President (Bill Clinton said it during the convention, remember). They can't get him out of the White House so they are going to punish us for re-electing him by continuing to do what they've been doing for four years: blocking progress or doing nothing at all.
    What WE need to do is get fed up to the point where we turn out at the polls in 2014 and VOTE THEM OUT, and I don't just mean Rethuglikkklans either, punk-ass, useless Democrats should be kicked to the curb as well.
    The re-election of our first Black President is about many things: re-affirmation of our vote in 2008 and standing and fighting for something better for our country.
    If you're not with us.......

    February 27, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |