More broadly, the ruling illustrated how hard it is to mount court challenges to a wide
array of antiterrorism measures, including renditions of terrorism suspects to foreign countries and targeted killings using drones, in light of the combination of government secrecy and judicial doctrines limiting access to the courts.
After The New York Times disclosed the program in 2005 and questions were raised about its constitutionality, Congress in 2008
amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, granting broad power to the executive branch to conduct surveillance aimed at persons overseas without an individual warrant.
abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” said Mr. Goodlatte, who, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is running the House hearings on immigration reform.
“As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its
detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” the agency’s spokeswoman, Gillian M. Christensen, said in a statement.