By Mr. Curmudgeon:
Gary Mead is taking early retirement. As the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) director in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants, Mr. Mead did not have all that much to do. America, after all, is not in the border-protecting business. Mead is retiring for embarrassing his White House masters by inadvertently revealing what appears to be an administration plan to intimidate the people of the United States and their elected representatives.
As you know, President Obama is telling anyone who will listen that meaningless sequestration budget reductions will end the world as we know it. And that is where Gary Mead comes in. He released hundreds of detained illegal aliens ahead of sequestration cuts, saying Homeland Security’s reduced budget makes it far too expensive to hold foreign gatecrashers. Mead’s actions are puzzling in light of a recent Congressional continuing resolution, signed into law by Obama, which keeps our fat federal government funded until the end of March.
Asked whether Mead acted on orders from the White House, administration spokesman Jay Carney said, “This was a decision made by career officials at ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty … as well as possible sequestration.”
That leaves us with two likely scenarios: First, Mead’s prisoner release program is part of a broader plan to terrorize Americans as a means to pressure House Republicans into agreeing to President Obama’s “balanced approach,” by which he means higher taxes. Second, the federal bureaucracy has had all it can take of the budget controversies that have raged in Washington since the 2010 Tea Party victories, and they intend to show the voting public that it is unwise to threaten funding for the permanent administrative state.
No matter how you look at it, big government is proving it can come at us from many different angles.
Mead’s boss, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, said sequestration would reduce the nation’s border agents by 5,000.
Recently, DHS released a document announcing that its National Operations Center is monitoring communications in America. The list of search terms guaranteed to spark DHS’s interest include: “Department of Homeland Security”; “Customs and Border Protection”; “National Operations Center”; “Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms”; and, believe it or not, “pork.” I think you can add “fiscal restraint” to that list.
At a time that DHS is purchasing billions of hollow-point bullets and conducting urban warfare exercises in cities throughout America, it’s more than a little disingenuous for “Big Sis” Napolitano to suggest she is running short on funds.
But it clearly shows our government’s priorities: bullets over borders. And as Gary Mead’s actions make clear, American citizens are in the crosshairs.