If you were in charge of thousands of illegal aliens being held in detention centers and jails around the country, what would you do if you were ordered to release them in a supposed effort to save money?
It seems that Obama is already acting as if the sequestration budget cuts due March 1 have already taken effect. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has directed field officers to review their current cases to make sure that the jails and detention centers don’t get too overcrowded. If they are, they are to start releasing detainees immediately.
It seems that illegals have already been released early in Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey and Texas, although ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen says that the agency will continue to process cases and deport illegals when necessary.
If I were in charge, I would tell my field officers to get their acts in gear and start deporting as many illegals as possible. They violated federal law by coming here illegally, so what makes you believe they’re going to obey any of our laws once released? Round up the illegals, send them back to their countries of origin and then bill their countries for the cost involved.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer commented about the order to start releasing illegals, saying:
“I’m appalled to learn the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun to release hundreds of illegal aliens from custody, the first of potentially thousands to soon be freed under the guise of federal budget cuts. This is pure political posturing and the height of absurdity, given that the releases are being granted before the federal sequestration cuts have even gone into effect.”
Paul Babeau, Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona said that the releases of hundreds of illegals being detained was:
“Outrageous and unacceptable because there’s a direct and immediate impact to public safety of families in my county.”
“These are criminal illegals. They were headed for deportation — but now, they have received a budget pardon.”
That’s as bad as regular prisoners being released from jails early because of overcrowding. In January of 2012, Kentucky announced that they were releasing several thousand convicted felons early because of overcrowding and budget issues.
Sorry folks, but I’m not a fan of early release nor am I a fan of parole or probation. I’ve seen way too many crimes committed by prisoners that have been released early for one reason or another. Many women would never have been raped if the rapist had remained in jail serving the sentence he was given in the first place. A number of people would still be alive if their murderer had not been given parole or probation.
Some years back, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was ordered by the courts to release prisoners because of overcrowding in the jails. He refused! Instead, he purchased a number of large surplus military tents and erected them out on the asphalt lot next to the county jail. They were still within jail premises and protected by the fences, guards and guard dogs. In fact, he beefed up the number of guard dogs, cut their TV to only 1 CSPAN station, eliminated access to pornography and reduced meals to bare minimum required. At one time he was spending more to feed the guards per day than to feed the prisoners.
My alternative to overcrowding, whether it be illegal detainees or regular prisoners is to start stacking more of them into each cell. Prison is not supposed to be a place of comfort. So what if they are crowded. They forfeited many of their rights by committing the crimes, including crossing the border illegally, and as such need to suffer the consequences of their actions. In many countries, illegal border crossings can get one jailed for years or shot.
If we had more armed border security and military personnel patroling our international borders, we would have fewer illegals to deal with. So I say arm the borders, shoot when necessary, detain and deport as fast as possible. No early releases would be necessary.