More criminals out in the streets equals more voters for the Democrats.
From Fox News:
The top U.S. immigration enforcement official acknowledged Thursday that the Obama administration has in fact released thousands of illegal immigrants from local jails over the last month despite prior claims that the release was only in the hundreds.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton, at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing, said the agency released a total of 2,228 illegal immigrants from local jails “throughout the country” between Feb. 9 and March 1 for “solely budgetary reasons.”
Morton is so bad that the ICE union gave him a vote of no confidence for his failure to enforce immigration laws.
For the first time, he explained the kinds of detainees that were sprung from local jails — he said they included detainees held on theft charges, financial criminals and drunken drivers.
“In some cases, multiple DUIs,” Morton acknowledged. He also said 10 individuals labeled as “Level 1″ offenders — the most serious classification — were released, but that four have since been brought back into custody. That category can include assault cases but Morton said the detainees were mostly in for financial offenses.
Morton stressed that the releases were made on a case-by-case basis and not “willy-nilly.”
“There are no mass releases of dangerous criminals under way or any plan for the future,” he said.
Team Obama lied…as usual…as they claimed they were not releasing criminals back onto the street…
[...]But Morton’s acknowledgement that more than 2,000 were released appeared to conflict with prior claims from the administration, which said it was only releasing hundreds.
The Associated Press first reported March 1 that the administration had released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants since at least Feb. 15 and planned to release 3,000 more in March due to looming budget cuts, but Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said days later that the AP’s report was “not really accurate” and that the story had developed “its own mythology.”
“Several hundred are related to sequester, but it wasn’t thousands,” Napolitano said March 4 at a Politico-sponsored event.