Obama is blaming budget battles on his decision to release illegal immigrants from prison. Lawmakers are skeptical about the president’s motives letting thousands of criminals back on the streets. This seems to be a dangerous political game by the Obama administration.
Initially, the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that only a “few hundred” immigrants were released. In reality, there have been thousands: 2,228 illegal immigrants were released from jail in February. Another 3,000 were released in March. These releases took place in Arizona, California, Georgia, and Texas. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement representative has admitted that the highest level of offenders are among those released.
Speaker John Boehner said it is "very hard for me to believe that they can't find cuts elsewhere in their agency." He added, “I can't believe that they can't find the kind of savings they need out of the department short of letting criminals go free.... I think that the administration is trying to play games — play games with the American people, scare the American people. This is not, this is not leadership.”
House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte said, “It's abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration.”
Sen. Charles Grassley said, "Simply blaming budget reductions as a means to turn a blind eye toward the national security of the American people is a dangerous plan.”