Folks, we should have seen this one coming. For weeks, President Obama has campaigned across the country about the effects of the sequester that will begin on March 1. We have heard him make the outrageous claims and insert hyperbole and fear mongering into nearly every public appearance. Head Start will have to shut down, border security will have to be relaxed, firefighters will have to let the fires burn, police officers will have to let criminals walk free, etc., ad nauseam. Obama is even tweeting about how the sequester will affect our military readiness, which is a new low, even for this White House. I have said many times, I never cease to be amazed at the actions of the Obama administration and that still holds true. Now we learn that the sequester is coming early, in the form of the release of hundreds of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country.
(The New York Times) Federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from detention centers around the country in recent days in a highly unusual effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said Tuesday.
The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however. The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.
The Obama administration is claiming these detainees are only noncriminal or low-risk individuals, but at least one of them, one Anthony Orlando Williams, a Jamaican, was first arrested on charges of child abuse and simple assault and battery. Low-risk, indeed. I’m sure Mr. Williams is a fine, upstanding gentleman, but it makes me wonder how many of the other detainees are in that same category? And one more thing; since when did someone breaking our immigration laws become a noncriminal? Isn’t that a legitimate question to ask?
Looking beyond the immediate ramifications of releasing hundreds of illegal immigrant detainees from these centers, it’s not hard to see a political aspect of this action taken by the Obama administration. Part of Obama’s fan base include the advocates who are ape-crazy over illegal immigrants. They want them all released because all they are really looking for is a better life. In their eyes, they shouldn’t be punished for those aspirations, never mind that they are breaking the law in the process. Releasing these illegal immigrants throws a major political bone to the fans of amnesty.
(Hot Air) Mark Krikorian calls this the “never let a sequester go to waste” strategy, in which O achieves two goals in one fell swoop — turning up the heat on the GOP to cave on cuts, yes, but also tossing the amnesty fans in his base a bone by reducing border enforcement on the very day that he’s meeting with McCain and Graham at the White House to talk immigration reform.
Never let it be said that President Obama doesn’t try to pay his supporters back for their love. He has worked on that payback for four years, but he really ramped it up at the beginning of his second term. Gun control, global warming, illegal immigration, all of these issues have received his undying support and adoration since the beginning of the year. This latest move from Obama is more of the same and I expect we will see more of the same in the future. A leopard/liberal (my apologies to the leopard) really can’t change his spots.