"Several hundred are related to sequester, but it wasn't thousands," Napolitano said March 4 at a Politico-sponsored event. "
"The director of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, said his agency had released 2,228 illegal immigrants during that period for what he called "solely budgetary reasons." The figure was significantly higher than the "few hundred" immigrants the Obama administration had publicly acknowledged were released under the budget-savings process. He testified during a hearing by a House appropriations subcommittee."
It seems our heroes in the administration can't get their stories straight about all those thousands of illegal aliens the DHS set free back onto our streets when they should have been set free to their own countries.
Note the carefully-crafted words used by ICE Director John Morton.
"Morton told lawmakers Thursday that the decision to release the immigrants was not discussed in advance with political appointees, including those in the White House or Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. He said the pending automatic cuts known as sequestration was "driving in the background."
"We were trying to live within the budget that Congress had provided us," Morton told lawmakers. "This was not a White House call. I take full responsibility."
Translation? He's falling on his sword to protect the higher-ups-Napolitano and Obama. As we all know, the latter never takes responsibility for anything.
Do you think somebody ought to be fired here?
"Good news, Jake. The execution is cancelled. We can't afford the rope."