White House Claims It New Nothing of the Mass Prisoner Release

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.

  • Moliminous

    We didn’t know about Fast and Furious.
    We didn’t know about those phony Libyan “freedom fighters.”

    We didn’t know about those guns going to Syria.
    We didn’t know that anything was wrong in Benghazi.
    We didn’t know that Ambassador Stevens was in trouble.
    We didn’t know about any voting-booth irregularities.
    We didn’t know that the Fort Hood assassin was Muslim.
    We didn’t know that Iran had nuclear material.
    We didn’t know that the DHS was releasing criminals onto America’s streets.
    We didn’t know that “natural-born citizen” meant that both my parents had to have been US citizens.

    We didn’t know.
    We didn’t.

    When I caught my second-grader throwing the cat against the wall, he said, “It was an accident.” Then he added, “But dad, I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to throw him against the wall.” Get the point?

  • CarolinaSistah

    Spell check wouldn’t have helped this glaring error in the title of this article! Did you mean to write “Knew” instead of ‘new’?