ICE Admits Many Jailed Illegals Were DUI Repeat Offenders

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The recent flap over the release of more than 2,000 illegal immigrants from U.S. custody only worsened this week after the head of the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed that many of those let go may have been DUI convicts.

In a hearing Tuesday, ICE director John Morton heard an earful from Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who pointedly asked Morton whether ICE had released “recidivist drunk drivers.”

Morton said “yes,” there had been “many individuals who had [repeat] DUI offenses” set free following budget cuts forced upon his agency by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

See the unperturbed Morton take it on the chin in this video:

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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