Government Security News
March 6, 2013
An internal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement memo obtained by the House Judiciary Committee says that ICE developed plans to release 5,000 detained criminal aliens by the end of March to reduce the agency’s costs under forced budget cuts.
The document was released by committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, (R-VA) on March 5.
“As of February 15, 2013, the document shows that ICE had roughly 31,000 illegal immigrants and criminal aliens in detention – already below the 34,000 mandated by Congress – and planned to reduce that number to less than 26,000 by March 31, 2013,” said a statement by Goodlatte’s office. “According to sources, roughly 2,000 criminal aliens may have already been released so far,” it said.
ICE had said that “hundreds” of non-criminal aliens had been released in mid-February ahead of the “sequestration” budget cuts.