The Obama administration freed 617 convicted criminals among a mass release made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in advance of 2013 sequestration budget cuts. That’s according to a new report out from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General. The IG recounts a litany of miscommunication and budget mismanagement within the highest levels of federal immigration enforcement that resulted in Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano providing incorrect information at the time.
“The publicized releases occurred the weekend before sequestration went into effect on March 1, 2013, generating speculation that the releases were improperly [politically] motivated.”–DHS Inspector General
Read the DHS report here. p. 37 shows how many criminal releases were made in each of the 24 field office cities.