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White House Claims It New Nothing of the Mass Prisoner Release

Jay Carney ScreencapYesterday, I wrote about how under the President’s watchful eye, ICE released hundreds of illegal immigrant prisoners back into public circulation because of budgetary concerns related to the sequester. Later in the day, the White House denied any knowledge of what happened.

 The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement’s decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday.

“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,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Personnel at Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington were also unaware of the decision until the announcement was made, a department official told POLITICO.

Do you believe that? Does it sound credible to you that ICE would cut loose that many prisoners without notifying either DHS or the White House under normal circumstances, much less because of a politically-charged reason? It is possible one agency might be that clueless about the politics of the day but this administration has never struck me as being stuffed-full of politically-inept bureaucrats.

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