Another Stupid Obama Move

 

Who Ordered Release of 2,000 Detainees?

 

As the Obama Administration spun nightmare scenarios over the impact of sequester cuts, it was revealed that Homeland Security had released from custody illegal immigrants who were charged with crimes. The White House said these actions were taken in expectation of the looming cuts, but dismissed concerns, saying just “a few hundred” criminals were released. The Associated Press, however, reported late Friday that 2,000 detainees had been released, with another 3,000 planned to be released this month. Who ordered the releases?

The White House has stated that they were not informed of the decision to release the criminal detainees. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also demurred when asked about the releases, “detainee populations and how that is managed back and forth is really handled by career officials in the field.” Napolitano told ABC, “do I wish that this all hadn’t been done all of a sudden and so that people weren’t surprised by it? Of course.”

The problem with plans to release 5,000 detainees is not that it was done suddenly or took people by surprise. The problem is with the plan itself and the fact that it was apparently made without senior management involvement. One would expect that a decision to release more than 16% of criminal suspects held by the Department would rise above “career officials in the field.”

If a local law enforcement agency is facing budget cuts, the Chief of Police or Sheriff doesn’t have the authority to simply release criminal suspects in custody. He or she would at least have to go before a judge and request that the Judge offer the suspects a bail hearing.

There are more questions that Congress needs to investigate, beyond who specifically ordered the detainees release. What other authority do “career officers in the field” have before informing HQ of their decisions? Did these officers notify local law enforcement that they were releasing the criminal suspects? By what process did they decide whom to release? What steps are they taking to keep track of the detainees?

Presumably, the Department wanted to make a political point about the effect of budget cuts. At some point, however, public safety has to trump politics. The Administration’s cavalier approach to the sequester is dangerous.

Pet peeves…

Pet peeves… we all have them. Here are some of mine…

RINOs: Either you’re a conservative or you’re not. Doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything but you should agree with most conservative values and hold the Constitution and the Bill of Rights dear to your heart.

Conspiracy theorists: Ok, I think there’s some validity to some theories, but feel most are just crack-pots seeking attention. Hey, that’s just the way I feel.

The Constitution and Bill of Rights: Most people who hold certain ideas about both, have never really read or studied the language, much less understood, the concepts contained within. BTW, I dislike it when people view them as ‘Living Documents’.

Politically correct terms: Ok, now I’m probably going to offend some people with this one. ‘Illegal Aliens’ is a legal term used by the government to describe people here illegally… not ‘Undocumented Workers’. Another term is ‘African- American’. A hyphenated American is supposed to be a first generation American born to parents from another country. Obama is, by definition, an African-American. His children? They’re black. The term does not equate skin color. There are white African-Americans… went to school with one. Her parents were from South Africa. To assume the term is color based is to acknowledge one’s ignorance in the use of the word.
Balkanization: This is the separation of people into smaller exclusive groups. Canada nearly broke into three parts in the 1990’s over the French speaking and English speaking sides. We’ve allowed ourselves to become ‘Balkanized’ into smaller groups. We’re divided along racial, gender, economic, and sexual lines. How can we truly come together as Americans if we allow ourselves to become divided? It’s even harder if we’re so fractured within the Party.

 

There you have it… just a few of my peeves. Enjoy!

Illegal aliens

This post was published on my old website a few years ago.

 

28 April, 2010 – 03:47 — Patrick

Illegal means just that… ILLEGAL!

I have no problem with anyone coming to this country so long as they do it legally. I don’t care how bad their home country is, if they have enough to eat, or just want to be in the United States to make themselves a ‘better life’. It just doesn’t matter.

There are millions of people in the world who want the opportunity to live here but must stand in line and wait their turn. So, why is it that the illegals already here, aren’t made to leave and get in the back of the line? Whys isn’t the federal government, especially Executive branch, upholding the law against illegal immigration? The simple answer to this question is that both political parties look at illegals as a potential voting block for their respective party. However insane that may sound, I’ll bet my last dollar that its most likely the reason.

The United States has always welcomed new people and those that came here tried to integrate into the American society. No so anymore. We’ve become a Balkanized nation. We’ve lost our common cultural identity and have come to define ourselves as hyphenated Americans. We need to re-establish our cultural identity again, purging those that would have us emphasize our differences instead of our strengths.

But I digress… Why should we expect illegal aliens to respect our laws, pay fines for being here illegally in the first place, and then grant them a ‘pathway to citizenship’ when they’ve shown no interest in abiding by our laws to begin with? I’m of the mindset that anyone here illegally should be afforded no constitutional protections. That should be afforded only to legal immigrants or visa holders. Those who employ illegal workers should be subjected to the RICO statutes and have their assets seized. That includes the little old lady who hires an illegal to mow her lawn, all the way up to the largest corporation doing business in the United States. Make no exceptions! Once the illegal aliens find that they are no longer employable, they’ll self-deport. Problem solved.

We have to look at several issues when addressing the illegal alien population. Those include free schooling, access to welfare benefits, the misuse of emergency rooms, infectious diseases, substandard housing accommodations, and a whole host of other societal ills. It has been estimated that an illegal alien, during the course of his/her stay in the United States, costs the American taxpayer approximately $56,000. That’s over and above what little they may pay in taxes, etc. Now multiply that figure by 9-12 million illegals. That’s a mind-boggling sum of money! And we wonder why the states and this nation is so damned broke!

Call me ‘mean-spirited’ if you like, I don’t care, but we must address this issue of illegal immigration before we cease to be a nation with recognizable borders. If I had my way, there would be a DMZ along both our borders and the rights guaranteed by our Constitution would be suspended within it.