While you were worrying about the safety of your kids last night, as they strolled around the neighborhood in their (politically correct) costumes trick-or-treating, your government was giving a treat to 6,000 federal prisoners: FREEDOM.
In one of the largest-ever mass federal inmate releases, the Obama administration began the release of 6,000 prisoners jailed for non-violent drug offenses. The release began Friday and will continue through Tuesday of next week.
Almost a third of those prisoners are illegals – mostly from Mexico — who will be immediately turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation.
The Daily Mail reports, “Final deportation orders are in effect for 763 of the foreign inmates, who could be deported within days. The rest will be transferred to immigrant detention centers to await orders.
The latest mass release, one of the largest in U.S. history, is a result of retroactive reductions to mandatory minimum sentence guidelines for certain non-violent drug offenses.
After those took effect last November, 23,000 prisoners applied for reduced sentences.
Judges granted three quarters of the requests, of which this weekend’s releases are a portion, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
While this weekend will be a happy occasion for the thousands of inmates who are U.S. citizens and will reunite with their families, many of the roughly 1,780 foreign inmates to be put on the deportation track will leave family members behind in the United States.”
Wait, didn’t they leave family members behind when they ended up behind bars?
Naturally, “immigrant advocates worry they may not receive due process as they leave.”
So, these folks committed a crime when they came here in the first place, and then committed a crime which landed them behind bars. Yes, everyone deserves due process, and yes perhaps we ought to change some of our sentence guidelines for certain non-violent drug offenses. But still…
[Note: This article was written by the somewhat unnerved Michele Hickford]