The immigration bureaucracy, known as the ICE, has released several hundred deportees. They were free to go. They went.
The head of the agency said that this was in preparation for expected budget cuts.
A federal bureaucracy is trying to save money.What’s going on here?
This is a tried-and-true strategy of all governments that are facing budget cuts. The bureaucracy identifies the services most desired by voters. Then it cuts them.
It could save money in a hundred ways. Every bureaucracy that is over a decade old is bloated. But the bureaucrats know that if a bloated section of the pork roast is cut, no one will notice. There will be no public calls to restore the cuts. So, the senior policy-makers cut whatever they know the public will demand be restored.
The folks at ICE know exactly what the public’s hot button is: deportees. This is the place where something symbolic is done to roll back the tide of illegal immigration. This is the center of bureaucracy’s PR operation.
So, they let several hundred deportees go. (Note: there are an estimated 11.5 million illegal aliens in the USA. This has not changed much in the last five years. So, the deportation centers are little more than PR operations.)
The ICE’s decision has created a major political problem for Obama. He is trying to force changes in the immigration laws. He wants amnesty for most of the 11.5 million illegals. The public is opposed to this.
The ICE knows just how much the public is opposed. This is why the senior bureaucrats released the deportees. They are trying to build support for the ICE: “No budget cuts!” The ICE’s senior bureaucrats know where their bread is buttered. It is buttered exactly where Obama’s land mines lie. He is now facing a public that is saying: “Throw them out!”
The timing could not have been worse for Obama. He is trying to soften up Congress to give him an amnesty bill to sign. Yet Congress will put its collective finger in the wind. The wind is blowing against Obama’s immigration reform plan.