The Department of Homeland Security has released hundreds of illegal immigrants in a move to save money before the looming budget cuts kick in this Friday.
One Arizona sheriff claims that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) freed over 500 detainees in his county alone at the weekend. Not only that, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says that the ICE told him of plans to release a some 10,000 detainees in total, Fox News reports.
The move is "abhorrent" according to House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who fears the worst. "By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives," he warned.
The released detainees are not dangerous, claims an ICE spokesperson: they're "noncriminals and other low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories."
Other Republicans suspect something nefarious is going on. John Boehner suggested the release of detainees is a political tactic to scare Americans about the sequester. "This is very hard for me to believe, that they can't find cuts elsewhere in their agency," said Boehner on CBS. "I frankly think this is outrageous."
Via the New York Times, CBS, and Fox News.