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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Republicans Want the Sequester Cuts? Then Release the Immigrants

Posted by on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM

This is one of the more interesting moves by the Obama administration as the sequester drama nears its Friday climax:

Federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from detention centers around the country in recent days in a highly unusual effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said Tuesday...

The decision angered many Republicans, including Representative Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, who said the releases were a political gambit by the Obama administration.

If it's a political gambit, it's a well played one that leaves Republicans with an easy way to calm their fears about immigrants running free. They can simply strike a deal to avert more cuts.


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Lew Siffer 1
Because only Republicans should care about illegal detainees released, not all Americans.
Posted by Lew Siffer on February 27, 2013 at 6:19 AM · Report this
@1 I care that illegally detained people are being released, and I'm not a Republican.
Posted by Foonken2 on February 27, 2013 at 6:45 AM · Report this
Lew Siffer 3
It was sarcasm, sorry.
Posted by Lew Siffer on February 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM · Report this
In the meantime, 3/4 of the progressive caucus (including MCDermott so far) is not taking a stand against cuts to the social safety net:…
Posted by anon1256 on February 27, 2013 at 7:09 AM · Report this
Kudos on the rare and correct usage of 'gambit.'

I can't think of a word that people screw up more often. Maybe 'ironic.'
Posted by CPN on February 27, 2013 at 7:14 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
why have the levers of power if you don't ever pull them? keep upping the ante.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 27, 2013 at 7:23 AM · Report this
seatackled 7
Unfortunately, they will just demand more guns.
Posted by seatackled on February 27, 2013 at 7:54 AM · Report this
sloegin 8
Would be a better gambit if the news occasionally mentioned that whole pesky "congress, constitutional authority, power to appropriate funding" thing.

Posted by sloegin on February 27, 2013 at 8:17 AM · Report this
fletc3her 9
Every politician in a position of power in Washington wants sequestration to happen. They are all jockeying to score political points off it, but hardly anyone is even pretending to negotiate.
Posted by fletc3her on February 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM · Report this
gttrgst 10
I'm all for the immigrants, as long as they have committed no serious crimes, never having been arrested in the first place. There's a danger of this backfiring if any of them do commit a serious crime after this release. Of course the odds of that happening are the same as any other subset of the population, but it could turn into a Willie Horton standoff of who's responsible. I certainly hope they are releasing victims of the Drug War as well, but maybe that only makes financial sense and doesn't make as strong a political point.
Posted by gttrgst on February 27, 2013 at 8:51 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 11

Viva La Work Visas!!

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on February 27, 2013 at 9:04 AM · Report this
GeneStoner 12
The entire $1.2 trillion in Sequestration 'cuts' should be understood that they are not really cuts at all...

They are really a lowering of the projected INCREASE in federal spending going forward.

In simple terms, if an agency's budget is $100, and they are expecting an increase of $10.00 next year, but they only get $8.00, Dumbocrat politicians characterize that as a $2.00 cut in spending. (Queue the Chicken Little quote).
Posted by GeneStoner on February 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM · Report this
GeneStoner 13
"And when the Republicans opened the seventh seal of the sequester, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black and the stars fell unto the Earth; and our nation's ability to forecast severe weather, such as drought events, hurricanes and tornados, was seriously undermined. Lo, and the children were not vaccinated, and all the beasts starved in the zoos, and the planes were grounded..."
Posted by GeneStoner on February 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 14
The best part is, when they're released, they're given detailed maps of nearby mansions of the rich, along with the security and alarm codes.

@12 um, numb nuts, the US population is growing. Try living in reality, instead of denial.
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
@7 good point, we need to make sure those released have assault weapons.
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM · Report this
GeneStoner 16
Will, as usual, you are totally off-point.

What will happen someday should you become dirty, stinking, filthy RICH by your own (no Lottery) and you want to keep the money you EARNED? Will your proclivity to hand illegal aliens weapons (double felony BTW) still be in effect? Doubt it.

Don't hate---> Celebrate.
Posted by GeneStoner on February 28, 2013 at 12:47 AM · Report this

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