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Good evening I'm -- very illegal immigrants out of jail thanks to the sequester.
The administration's opening gambit in this last second political chess game giving hundreds of illegal immigrants get out of jail free cards.
Caught just about everyone by surprise.
While White House officials insisted today that the decision was made by career officials.
Immigration and customs enforcement officials without impact input from the White House.
It came just two days before automatic cuts in the rate of spending growth really kicking in.
Correspondent William La Jeunesse has the amazing details from Los Angeles.
-- after years of arresting illegal immigrants at the border and on the streets federal agents charged with protecting the homeland are now pinching pennies releasing hundreds of felons and non citizens already behind bars.
The cost is ten dollars today as opposed to 120 dollars a -- when they are healthy -- Detention facilities -- -- statement Tuesday immigration and customs enforcement claims potential budget cuts.
Mandated by the sequester prompted the release of some 300 inmates in Arizona alone on Saturday.
And perhaps more later.
There's ice made clear yesterday the agency released these low risk non criminal detainees under a less expensive form of monitoring.
To ensure detention level stayed within prices overall budget it's a a policy -- -- soft on.
The illegal immigration.
-- currently holds some 30000 criminal non citizens in prisons around the country but you know advocates long criticized jailed attention as inhumane and pressured the agency to develop alternatives.
Today several Republican congressman accused the administration of using the sequester to justify the illegals release.
The policy they want to effectuate they're using sequestration.
As -- guys who have to get that policy done.
And I think it's -- -- a reckless.
In a letter today congressman McCall asked ice where and how many detainees -- plan to release along with their criminal records the detainees in question.
-- not to.
Dangerous criminals they pose no risk to -- society cops say otherwise theft burglary robbery aggravated assault Arizona sheriff -- -- -- says the inmates released into his county are anything but nonviolent.
He fears many will re offend and disappear this idea of supervised release is laughable these are all people who are multiple border processors.
They could never stopped them crossing an international border how on earth.
Are they gonna provide supervised release and supervision over these criminals.
Ice says these eighteen detainees are required to call in and some may Wear an ankle bracelet while free they're not supposed to leave in must promise to open court history brought suggests many won't catching them it's more expensive than jail.
Read more on this of the panel William thank you.
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