The New York Times is suddenly concerned about illegal immigrants.
Or, at least they are faking concern now that a "wave" of illegals has been released to save money because of the sequester.
What do they think constitutes a "wave?"
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.
"Highly unusual," indeed. One would think the administration is doing its utmost to terrify the public about the sequester cuts.
But they wouldn't do that, would they?
But the decision angered many Republicans, including Representative Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, who said the releases were a political gambit by the Obama administration that undermined the continuing negotiations over comprehensive immigration reform and jeopardized public safety.
"It's abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration," said Mr. Goodlatte, who, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is running the House hearings on immigration reform. "By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives."
A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, said the detainees selected for release were "noncriminals and other low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories."
Officials said the releases, which began last week and continued on Tuesday, were a response to the possibility of automatic governmentwide budget cuts, known as sequestration, which are scheduled to take effect on Friday.
"As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE's current budget," the agency's spokeswoman, Gillian M. Christensen, said in a statement. The agency's budget for custody operations in the current fiscal year is $2.05 billion, officials said, and as of Saturday, ICE was holding 30,773 people in its detention system.
Immigration officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to release substantially more detainees this week, though they warned that more releases were still possible depending on the outcome of budget negotiations.
The cuts haven't even taken effect and ICE is releasing criminals? No politics at work here, people.
For the administration's next trick, the Agriculture Department will release a warning not to eat chicken because the sequester has forced them to cut back on meat inspections.