What the fuck?
Thanks to the Department of Homeland Security, advocates on both sides of the illegal immigration debate have finally found common ground. They both agree that housing illegal immigrants in hotels while they await hearings and deportation is the wrong way to solve a national problem.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary John Morton announced last week that the DHS plans to convert hotels, nursing homes, and other residential facilities into detention buildings to house “non-criminal, non-violent” illegal immigrants while their cases are considered.
While there won’t be room service or a mini-bar, officials and immigration reform advocates say converted hotels will be far better housing than the overcrowded, prison-like detention facilities illegals are currently placed in.
……But the initiative is being roundly criticized by immigration reform advocates, who say it does little to change an underlying, flawed immigration system, and by deportation advocates, who say it is a drain of public funds.
……But critics say that illegal immigrants have committed a crime — entering the United States illegally — and that they should be punished through speedy detention and deportation.
“It’s illegal to be here in the United States illegally,” said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, who added that he has serious concerns over the DHS plan.
“This is the Obama administration’s way of turning them loose — I don’t even think they’re going to be made to stay in the hotels,” he said, noting that there are “many nonviolent people in American jails who are not being afforded the luxury of hotels.”
Here’s a better idea Janet: Once they’re arrested, make sure they’re not wanted on additional felonies. If they are, prosecute, if not, kick their asses back across the border.
Until we rid ourselves of the current collection of assclowns in 2012, we can expect a lot more of this lunacy.