Jan Brewer On Immigration Detention Releases

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Monday that they had reviewed a number of cases and decided to release a number of undocumented immigrants who are low priority cases or non-criminals.

Earlier this week Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) was calling the move “Pure political posturing” that “represents a return to exactly the kind of catch-and-release procedures that have long made a mockery of our country’s immigration system.”

Now she believes that the Obama administration is pushing her state by releasing immigrant detainees nationwide. Quoting “I personally believe that it could be payback,” she said on Fox News. “It could be ‘punish Arizona, make them squirm.’ They’re pushing back on what we’re pushing on.”

She went on to say the Obama administration seems to be doing “everything in their power” to punish Arizona for its S.B. 1070 immigration law. Officials have said this move is for budget reason. All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings. Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety.

Brewer pushed back on their assessment, arguing that if the detainees released did not pose a serious criminal threat, they would have already been let go.

“These people have a criminal record, is what I believe,” she said, adding that she would like to know that “for a fact, I can’t say that.”