***UPDATE: HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIAL RESIGNS*** White House denies knowledge of illegal immigrants being released from prison

UPDATE: According to the AP, a Homeland Security Official has now resigned over this:

ASSOCIATED PRESS — The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency’s immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.

In an email obtained Wednesday by the AP, Gary Mead told coworkers that he was leaving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the end of April. Mead is the head of enforcement and removal operations at ICE.

Mead had told co-workers of his resignation in the email sent Tuesday, hours after U.S. officials had confirmed that a few hundred illegal immigrants facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to budget cuts.

President Barack Obama’s spokesman said Wednesday the White House was never consulted but described the immigrants as “low-risk, non-criminal detainees.”

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Obama is once again trying to separate him from a controversial action taken by his administration, saying he didn’t know anything about the release of illegal immigrants from prison. The White House is saying that Bureaucrats at ICE under Janet Napolitano acted without their knowledge, but then they also went on to defend the action saying it was due to budget cuts.

As Rush said, Obama appears to have no control over his own departments. What a leader!

WASHINGTON TIMES – The White House said Wednesday it had nothing to do with the decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release immigrants awaiting deportation back into the country in order to save money ahead of the looming budget “sequesters.”

“This was a decision made by career officials at ICE without any input from the White House as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution as well as possible sequestration,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

He didn’t say whether the White House agreed with the decision, but seemed to defend it, saying that all of the immigrants released remain subject to deportation and are still being supervised either electronically or by being required to check in regularly.

Mr. Carney said it costs less money to release the immigrants and monitor them than it does to hold them in detention centers, and he said that will help ICE stay within a new lower budget that will result from the automatic across-the-board spending cuts slated to begin Friday morning.

The White House didn’t say why the administration began releasing immigrants before the budget cuts.

On Tuesday ICE, which is an agency within the Homeland Security Department, confirmed it had conducted a review of the immigrants it was holding in its detention centers, and decided there were several hundred who were low-priority risks and could be released.


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  • savageob1

    the White House didn’t know or order it, but had an excuse all ready?

    calling BS!

    • Cindy09

      They knew until they “didn’t” know about it!

    • Don

      The obvious incompetence on every level of this administration starts with the fact we do not have a president who has every accomplished anything but campaigning in his entire life. His blatant naivete’ is so mind-numbing that the whole world knows our country is ruled by a narcissistic pathological liar with absolutely no leadership abilities whatsoever. Obama is in so far over his head and the whole world knows it.

    • onesoldiersmom

      Waiting for them to blame the video.

  • Rocco11

    What is Boehner waiting for? Get the impeachment proceedings rolling!!

    • deTocqueville1

      He is probably crying in a corner.

      • Rocco11

        or crying in a tanning bed…lol

  • clockwindingdown

    Don’t watch the hand… They’re up to something…

    • you mean watch the other hand…..right?

      • bbitter

        watch both their hands, and the hands of those behind them, and the ones behind…

        check that, we don’t have enough eyes. Watch your back pocket, guns, ammo, and rights. The rest of it is melting down as long as they still get money. If we cut-off the money, we’ll survive and they won’t. If we don’t… they’ll survive, and we won’t.

        • deTocqueville1


      • joyfulgiver

        “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Something sounds fishy! Either that or maybe the pres should spend more time in the office and less on the golf course. Isn’t every decision ultimately his decision since he is the president? regardless of the actions he takes, he should be held accountable for HIS departments.

      • clockwindingdown

        Yep, you got it, wanted people to think…

    • opinionatedhermit

      Don’t watch the hand… They’re up to something…

      I feel completely and totally jaded, about now. But, when I first heard this story yesterday, the first thing to pop into my head was a prisoner exchange with the cartels…….

  • I like how the administration say “We know nothing about this” and at the same time does nothing to stop it.. But We KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS!! RIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!

    • williamm
  • Rshill7

    Here’s a wacky idea. The White House is lying. Not the House itself mind ya’, just the commie living there.

    And another thing…Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Wake me if he tells the truth about something…anything.

  • davienne

    the wheels on ole barkeys bus takes yet another usefull idiot….Janet Napolitano…. RIP

  • daimon1

    The WH didn’t know??

    OF COURSE NOT – ICE didn’t tell them – it’s like magic that these things happen – now watch my other hand.

  • Then the next question is: Why don’t they?

    • They didn’t read the memo.

      • Dare I ask why they were all released in Arizona???

        • aPLWBinAK

          Payback….because Brewer had the temerity to wag her finger in Oblamer’s face on the airport tarmack, and she sued the Feds over immigration enforcement.

          • Oh it’s payback alright. Illegal in more ways than one.

        • garyinaz66

          mccain and the amnesty gang of 8 want them to have amnesty anyway, oblamer is just giving mccain a head start.

        • Patriot077

          Do you suppose it was payback for Jan Brewer’s appearance on Greta’s show?

      • PVG

        Read? We don’t need to read a stinkin’ thing anymore!

    • Conservative_Hippie


  • c4pfan

    That’s why the GOP Senate idea is so stupid! First, give Obama power that was granted only to Congress with where to cut and then pretend that he will not let the continuing resulution won’t be used to make the GOP raise taxes again.

    • z b

      Still want to bet? The political blowback is coming big time, dont you see?

  • hey, GOP!!! Are you there??? Hey…glop?

  • Obama could stop this in a heartbeat. He could actually order Napolitano to find the cuts elsewhere, even with an Executive Order. But he will not because he wants the cuts to be a hurtful and as controversial as possible, thereby placing the blame for them on the Republicans. And people wonder why we hate him so.

    • They just gave 60 million dollars away to our Enemies. Let them out of Jail but put them on a bus and drop them off where they came from in the first place. Now we will have them on our welfare and our government access. Enough Bull already.

    • They just gave 60 million dollars away to our Enemies. Let them out of Jail but put them on a bus and drop them off where they came from in the first place. Now we will have them on our welfare and our government access. Enough Bull already.

  • Pyrran

    So all those guys they just released will come right back when ICE determines they are subject to deportation?


    please..stop…no more with the jokes….I can’t take it!

  • Conservative_Hippie

    Arghhh! I need something hard to bang my head against!

  • Sober_Thinking

    Plausible Deniability?

    That’s his platform… that’s his M.O.

    He’s a first class liar and once again, even though this is lawless and impeachable… he’ll likely grease through again.


    • Conservative_Hippie


  • MadAsHellJack

    Emperor Narcissus lies for the 400 time in one day beating his old record of 399 yesterday.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      I’d laugh if it weren’t so true!

  • Conniption Fitz

    Poop goes the weasel.

  • deTocqueville1

    The guy is a complete fraud and dissembler. Goebbels and Alinsky are no doubt proudly watching him from Hell.

  • Debra Chamberlin

    Quite obviously the phones are ringing off the hooks with angry citizens registering their anger at OBAMA. Otherwise, he would not be TRYING — but failing — to distance himself from HIS actions.

  • garyinaz66

    all of these amnesty rinos need to do what charlie crist did, be honest and switch to the democrat party

    im kind of surprised mccain and the rest of the amnesty rinos rubio,flake, paul, mccain, graham etc…. have not yet praised oblamer for releasing tons of illegals “due to the sequester” for taking this vital first step in “comprehensive amnesty…..er… “immigration” reform”

    the majority of all americans (except for the political class) are fervently against illegal immigration and amnesty.

    establishment elites love illegal workers and amnesty because it provides low wages for everybody, democrats like it because they get more voters. really no difference in establishment republicans and democrats. its all just an effort to maintain the sataus quo for republican AND democrat elites.

    im so tired of rinos and libs saying “we cant do anything about illegals but give them amnesy”
    baloney, we have NEVER tried, and it would be fairly simple, it just might take awhile.
    federal prosecution of, and loss of all federal funding to “sanctuary cities”, national mandatory e verify for employment, school, medical care, housing, utilities, banking, govt services and programs, and close the border. anybody ever caught here illegally is never allowed back for any reason.simple, just make take a few years, but heck the problems been building for over 25 so a couple more years is not too big of a problem.

    “Despite the best of intentions, Republican proponents of amnesty made more acceptable by promises of border security today will see only half of the deal implemented, the amnesty part.
    Except this time the risk is existential for the Republican Party. The Democrats know most of these 14 million new citizens will be voting for Democrats. The irony will be that the Republican rush to compromise with the lawless may mean the end of the GOP’s long-term electoral relevance.” http://pjmedia.com/jchristiana



    this applies to democrats too


    there is NO REASON to support in anyway any “republican” whos goal is to create TENS OF MILLIONS MORE DEMOCRAT VOTERS.

    • Conniption Fitz


      “In America, the Law is King.” Thomas Paine

      The Law is our King – not Obama.

    • c4pfan

      Well, the GOP sure has been quiet over it.

    • OneThinDime

      Eisenhower did a great job with Operation Wetback. The difference between him and subsequent presidents is that he was a military man and they know how to get things done.

  • deTocqueville1

    Yes, probably release was part of the ‘excellent’ discussion at the WH yesterday!

    • OneThinDime

      You mean the one with the Governors when the press was asked to leave? Likely.

  • wallwatchman

    Boy, what a life this prez has! He’s in charge when he wants to be, like when congress won’t do what he wants, he’ll go around them. But when bad things start happening, he’s not in charge and doesn’t know anything about it, even though he does agree with whatever that bad decision was, but make sure you know, he didn’t do it!

    He’s like my teenagers. They want to be treated like responsible young adults when it comes to driving, jobs, money, dating, staying out late, etc., until they make a bad decision. Then it’s, we’ll I didn’t really understand the rules, or it was someone else’s fault, or I’m just a kid. I mess up sometimes. Obama wants to be a president when it’s fun, he gets to make decisions about things he likes, he gets the perks of money, travel and famous people, but when it’s time to man up, he blames it on the girl…again! Ugh!

  • wallwatchman

    Just saw the update of a homeland security official resigning over this! Yeah! This is what we need! A mutiny on the bounty so to speak! There’s got to be more Americans in these departments that are fed up with this guy’s games! You can do it folks! Show this imposter that this country is more important than his dangerous game playing!!

  • PVG

    Just like HRC! When it starts getting hot……resign! When will BO resign…….

  • c4pfan

    Who resigned and why does the Administration think it can still get away with this?

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Why can’t someone in the government put a stop to all the stupidity that is happening under obama’s failed administration? Oh, that’s right, all the department heads are obama’s flunkies, and they think everything is just peachy.

    Worst president in American history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • clevonlittle

      plans are under way to have Obama enshrined as the 5th president on Mt. Rushmore , can we safely mark you down as a “no” for attending the gala ?

      • Army_Pilot1967

        LOL….thanks, clevonlittle, for the chuckle. I consider myself a team player, but I wouldn’t go to anything having to do with that phony president even if he made arrangements for taxpayers to pay all my expenses for the trip.

        obama is making Bill Clinton look better and better all the time.

  • c4pfan

    Why would Obama get revenge on Brewer when she caved on Obamacare?

    • OneThinDime


  • maynardb50

    Good thing the administration does not control our city zoo’s or they would turn out all the lions and tigers and bears. Oh, my!

    • clevonlittle

      that’s great , thanks needed a laugh.

  • its really funny when crap hits the fan…Obama NEVER knows anything about it….

    BUT Bush has been out of office for 5 years now…and EVERYTHING continues to be his fault!!
    I smell B..l $h_t

    • greg2318

      thats always the case.. oh dont forget that he dont know because he was playing golf.. or sleeping..

      • Obama is really good at dodging responsibility…it is the only thing he is good at.

  • Sandra123456

    What difference does it make?

  • RocklinConservative

    These people don’t resign … they are laterally transferred to other departments. Wonder where this on will end up?

  • sandyfromchesterfield

    I wonder what they had on Gary Mead that he had to take the fall for Obama?

    • OneThinDime

      And he isn’t leaving until April? Right, must take a month or so to create his new position and higher pay rate

      • Wisewoman2

        Don’t know exactly why in April but I can tell you as a former govt employee, it requires at least 6 weeks to get all the ducks in a row, i.e. a myaid of paper work involving health insurance, sick leave, vacation, etc. The timing has to fit. In addition the exit interviews, turning in govt property, signing a million documents and you name it. I tell you April is not unreasonable for a govt position , it is ludicrous in private industry of which I was employed for 18 years before working for the USACE.

        • OneThinDime

          Sorry for the confusion. My point was that the guy had already put in notice that he was retiring in April. This is a smokescreen that someone is being punished for being naughty.

  • bananafanafo

    Yes this will make the US Citizen safer! What a Joke! He will still collect his pension & probably was ready for retirement anyway. Just like ATF William Hoover & William Newell resigned 4 selling GUNS over international borders to drug cartel in Fast N Furious is still collecting a pension. All under the empty chair leadership leads us into 3rd world laws when they give SUPERIOR treatment under the law rather then EQUAL treatment 4 all under a 1st world laws to unify order!

  • bananafanafo

    Lower Information Voters

  • aposematic

    Makes the point Rush said: Obuma is held responsible for nothing his Admin. does or doesn’t do. Obuma the untouchable!

  • anneinarkansas

    I do not believe a word of it but falling on his sword will probably make him rich(er).

  • This seems to be a problem in regards to the WH not knowing something else that affects the safety and security of our citizens. It is amazing how this is his way of getting out of trouble rather then something our representatives should investigate. How many more lives will be lost with the alleged incompetence of this President?

  • Ohh, my people, if only Comrade Barack al-Husseini Vissarionovič Obama knew what terrible things these officials are doing to Mother Amerikka.

    If only Obama knew!

    • tinlizzieowner

      He probably shuts off his I-Phone when he’s out playing golf. 😉

  • tinlizzieowner

    The White House doesn’t know anything about criminal illegal aliens being released.
    The White House doesn’t know anything about ‘Benghazi’.
    The White House doesn’t know anything about ‘Fast and Furious’.
    Who is running this country?
    That’s a rhetorical question. Anybody who is paying attention knows what is really going on. 😉

  • Obama is a demon. I hate that evil pos!

  • marketcomp

    IMPEACH OBAMA! He is solely responsible for this and this is endangering the sfety of the country!

  • warpmine

    That pile is getting pretty darn high under that bus!

  • “career officials”

    The bureaucracy.

    The fourth branch of our Federal Government.

    We are being ruled more and more by un-elected Federal officials that have the power to regulate, tax, and control our lives because the Congress has abdicated their legislative powers to the Executive branch. Even today they are debating whether or not to cede even MORE power to the Executive branch by giving “flexibility” to make budget decisions.

  • MominNV

    HA! Way to throw nappy under the bus & save obamaNation’s a$$. Another Epic Fail from the regime.

  • Notice how Bush was in total control and held responsible for every little thing that happened from 2000-2012….but obama is clueless about what his admin is doing….

  • notsofastthere

    Do we still trust our neighbors who are ICE agents? Will they protect American’s when the are given directives to release up to 10,000 prisoners? Will they refuse to put American citizens in harms way?
    By their actions in Arizona, they show that they are willing to turn against the citizens.

  • bho never takes responsibility for anything. He is one useless bastard.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      I wasn’t going to like your post becuase of he last word, but technically you are correct becasue Obama is “a child whose birth lacks legal legitimacy—that is, one born to a woman and a man who are not legally married” – taken from wikipedia. Of course you are also correct on the non-technical meaning 😉

  • NJK

    The White House knows nothing, do they?

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Nope, nothing at all wink wink nudge nudge!

  • PapaLouie

    This doesn’t make sense. Obama issued an executive order some months ago telling ICE not to detain low-risk, non-criminal illegal immigrants anymore. So how could there be any of them still in detention? I think their definition of “low risk” and “non-criminal” is evolving as rapidly as Obama’s views on gay marriage.

    • clockwindingdown

      What about, “…U.S. officials had confirmed that a few hundred illegal immigrants facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to budget cuts.”

      Key words here, “illegal immigrants facing deportation”, so why release in to country if they were facing deportation?

      Also, “had been released from immigration jails due to budget cuts.” Should read “perceived budget cuts”, which as of this writing has not actually happened.

      This looks like a, “never let a good crisis go to waste” moment. Only in this case it is preemptive, “see, I told you this would happen” moment!

    • Non-criminal, if you enter a country illegally you are a criminal, if you over stay your visa you are a criminal. All illegals are criminals; I am on a visa to live and work in Japan and if I overstay it, guess what, you’re out-of-here. Don’t come back for xx number of years (if you can).

  • BS! Prosecute! this is part of Obama’s overall amnesty plan.

  • Diogenes_wy

    Interesting side note… the major release was in Arizona. Just wondering, considering Governor Brewer’s contentious relationship with DC and the administration (not to mention Sheriff Joe).

    Sounds a lot like ex-Gov Symington’s problems that occurred after he opposed Clinton administration programs.

  • brendawatkins

    More than likely Obama okayed it, and they probably got A LOT of calls from concerned citizens, and now he’s pretending he didn’t know anything about it. Run Obama run.. Never take responsibility for your actions. That’s what I will remember about Obama when this whole nightmare is over.

  • repubboy

    Do they expect us to believe them.? They lie constantly ! pathological liar’s every one of them, what makes them think that we are going to believe a word they say ! ” They Know nothing ” BS.
    Home land Security has become the private army of the emperor of America, and he will do what ever he feels like doing, as long as he has his henchmen, and drones in the media. And to heck with the people!

  • Nukeman60

    Okay, so let me get this straight. Obama calls Homeland Security, asks for a man who is about to retire, finds one retiring at the end of April, offers him 2 months bonus pay to leave at the end of February – if only he would accept the blame for the release hundreds of illegals in Arizona ready to be deported. Is that about right?

    Obama then claims ignorance of the action and says the release wasn’t supposed to happen, yet do I hear of any illegals being brought back to jail or are they remaining free?


    And we are supposed to believe this. Talk about low-information voters. Obama really has his arrogance on, doesn’t he.

  • GWShrub

    But….but….but…don’t worry, there’s no problem, after all, like this DHS person said:

    “The illegals were granted supervised release, she said. Under supervised release, defendants in immigration cases must abide by a strict reporting schedule that might include attending appointments at regional ICE offices and telephonic and electronic monitoring.


    After all, I’m SURE they’ll all come in for their appointments. 🙂

  • mikeinidaho

    One of two things happened:
    1) he was FORCED to release the prisoners on orders from Obama and didn’t like what he was forced to do.
    2) He went along willingly with releasing the prisoners and when it was revealed the narcissist-in-chief, rather than admit he was the cause, threw this idget under the bus.

    Either way, once again, Obama screws the pooch and gets covering fire from his lemming staff and the media. What a disgusting excuse for a president.

  • Nadine

    More BLAME and “I didn’t KNOW!” crap….just like Fast & Furious & Bengazi!! This guy is dispickable & certainly NOT presidential!!

  • wraith67

    The stupid Republicans gave the Prez the latitude to choose what will be cut, no doubt he’s going to make it problematic (means always justify the ends) for Republicans. No doubt some innocent people are going to get screwed.

  • nimei576