I think it's pretty clear by now that they weren't framed. I also think it's pretty clear by now that the federal government should have had them deported years ago, but for whatever reason they didn't. Now they look like idiots for not doing so. Government incompetence should never surprise anyone. It will be interesting to see how the feds keep from looking any worse than they already do over this.
More true than most could possibly imagine. Ego trips also play a role.