DHS decision brings outrage from Brewer, joy from immigrants - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

DHS decision brings outrage from Brewer, joy from immigrants

Posted: Updated:
  • ImmigrationMore>>

  • Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:46:04 GMT
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American woman and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are...
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are being...
  • Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:04:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups.
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the...
  • Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.
    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.
FLORENCE, Ariz. -

Over the weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement released hundreds of detainees, and Wednesday -- the executive who made that decision announced his retirement.

The man in charge of arresting and deporting immigrants announced that he'll be retiring in April. Meanwhile, hundreds of detainees have been set free. It's a decision that Governor Jan Brewer calls "appalling."

"I was jumping for joy, I was so happy to know I would be leaving," said Cesar Lorenti.

Cesar Lorenti is free from prison, along with hundreds of other illegal immigrants, after the Department Of Homeland Security authorized the release ahead of sequestration.

"The agency released these low-risk, non-criminal detainees under a less expensive form of monitoring to ensure detention levels stayed within ICE's overall budget," said Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.

Wednesday, Gary Mead, the head of Homeland Security's Immigration Enforcement and Removal Operations, announced his resignation.

"This is just unexplainable, unbelievable and it's appalling. The bottom line is what about the respect for the law abiding citizens? And who is running this country is, blame this person, blame that person, duck cover," said Governor Jan Brewer.

Governor Jan Brewer says those immigrants were detained for a reason -- but Lydia Guzman of the League of United Latin American Citizens thinks that money shouldn't be wasted detaining immigrants who pose no threat.

"With or without Gary Mead, immigration is going to have to continue. What they're doing now right now, they have to focus on their priorities and their priorities should be deporting the dangerous elements," said Guzman.

"I have fear but I want to comply with all of the laws. I want to live here well, go to courts and hope we can have immigration reform so I can stay here safely," added Lorenti.

Illegal immigrants will still have to follow a strict reporting schedule – to attend appointments at regional ICE offices – and some could be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Governor Brewer says no one from the Department of Homeland Security has contacted her yet.

Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices