Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano: Several Hundred “Low-Risk” Immigration Detainees Released Due to Budget Uncertainty

by Colonel on March 5, 2013

“Napolitano also addressed reports that DHS has released immigrant detainees from detention centers as a cost-saving mechanism due to budget uncertainties tied to last week’s sequestration and other looming budget fights. Napolitano said that “several hundred” detainees were released — not “thousands,” as news reports from last week had indicated. She stressed that those moved from detention centers were low-risk, and that the process would continue “for the foreseeable future.”

“With sequestration looming and the end of the [continuing resolution] in a couple weeks, it’s like the perfect storm,” Napolitano said. …

Napolitano said DHS secretaries are “between a rock and a hard place” on such issues, saying that even as Congress calls on the department to maintain thousands of beds for such detainees, the funding isn’t there and there isn’t the opportunity to shift money around.

” — Katie Glueck, Copyright 2013 Politico LLC

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