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.
[quote]“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[/quote]
Read the DHS report here. p. 37 shows how many criminal releases were made in each of the 24 field office cities.