Lawmakers demanding answers on ICE release of detainees
Rep. Michael McCaul sounds off
- Duration 5:50
- Date Feb 28, 2013
Rep. Michael McCaul sounds off
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You know growing outrage is happening right now over a controversial decision apparently bite the administration actually is not -- minister nation that's an important point.
-- actually by the Department of Homeland Security.
To start releasing detained illegal immigrants.
The -- said to -- anticipation of looming federal budget cuts more than 300 illegals in Arizona have already been let go and governor gender and there is not happy.
This is just I unexplainable.
And it's -- -- The bottom line is is what about the respect for the law abiding citizens.
And who is running this country.
You know it's blame this person blame that person -- cover.
You know I the American people Neil are -- Well meanwhile the chair the house homeland security committee is asking why this is happening and wants answers on -- Texas Republican Michael McCall as the author.
-- a letter that he wrote.
I had to ice and chair of the house homeland security committee cutters and -- -- in person on this room and I appreciate this week.
We've heard different numbers different hundreds have been -- for thousands have been released.
What are we talking about your -- We really don't know we know hundreds have been released it's very dangerous reckless policy.
I sent a letter to director -- and demanding answers.
In terms of how many people have generally is what is the background what does this policy that you're doing that you didn't notify congress about and you know what is -- a criminal background so we're hearing that some of these.
People release have violent criminal backgrounds.
We're hearing from the White House Jay Carney spoke about this yesterday.
Saying that the White House has no input on this plan this is up to the department to make that decision what do you think about.
Kurdish and -- -- Nepal -- announces us out the White House.
Tries to -- -- to sequestration.
The scare tactic that they've been doing all week long you think it's tied to sequester I think that she's tried -- I think this whole thing backfired.
On the White House and in some running for cover.
And they throw the secretary under the bus and say oh we had nothing to do with this is all.
I -- the secretary of DH out so why would they do that -- what would be their motivation to release saying.
People like it's not due to budget cuts permanent sequestration and why I think you know for the past year they have had this plan to -- -- seeing these detainees.
In their view to save money -- I think -- -- -- -- immigration policies when it is in there using sequestration is -- guys if you will excuse.
To do this to effectuate that policy.
We kind of caught red handed on -- -- my letter did.
Director Morton -- -- -- almost kind of running for cover and then in the White House not taken responsibility you don't.
Have a response a letter so far so do you have any evidence that this is their plan he say this is your gut feeling about this but any evidence they can point to we knew that they had.
Directive and they're looking at doing this game as far as a year ago.
So sort of ironic that Nepal -- tries to tie the -- frustration but genuine sky's falling or now we have to release illegal aliens.
Manager I think that that strategy -- -- referred autumn we call them out on it and it's a danger she reckless policy to release.
Potentially -- violent criminal offenders into the general population.
It any more information on is obviously how many who exactly is is being released and Karl Rove joining us at the top of the hour and he said something that Republican should consider doing.
Is giving the power to the president in sequestration and to have some ownership to the -- and how they're made.
Right as we just talked about the White House is what we don't have we don't have any.
Ownership of these cuts because it comes -- to the department's what do you think about that should that be that -- that you you off consider said that the president.
Has a role and what pets are being made it happen.
We want smarter cats but let's let's be honest this is -- president's idea he came out this idea.
Can you can't balance a budget -- you talked about or discretionary spending that's one quarter of the budget.
You need to talk about the three quarters of the budget.
Which is entitlement reform and without that adult conversation in the room we're never gonna get this thing done and that the president won't even come to the congress and talk to us.
He's running around on a road show politicking.
Rather -- governing.
Let me ask you this them a lot of reviewers are hearing about their -- not being inspected as long lines at the airport teachers being laid off.
Illegal immigrants being let out.
At the same time what we're hearing is that lawmakers are going home tonight tomorrow.
And we don't know what to think what's what's really going on here is this is an opportunity for.
For politicians to be political sequester or do you think that the sequestration -- Are really gonna have this effect that -- hearing about.
I don't think that this thing's probably can't afford another -- -- me with the White House.
I'm not optimistic about.
But the sky's not gonna fall.
The cuts will -- we take place.
We gonna be okay.
It's a lot of -- by the administration -- tajiks.
That's a blame -- house Republicans you know I think that the house Republican should take any action from this point nine to try to prevent this or.
Make some sort of how well you know we we we -- we passed two bills.
To replace sequestration the senate has done nothing the president didn't respond to it.
The president Boehner tried to -- some with present nine states but he did he won't talk about entitlement reform.
You can't get this done.
Unless you have cuts and then discretionary but also mandatory.
Spending cuts in and that's where I think quite honestly better we'll tell you he got.
Roll by the president the White House is not to do it again be let us know when you get a response your letter about the specifics -- -- will not play and his sit down with the -- -- personally.
And I think the American people deserve answers to what I think -- -- a return to the catch and release policy.
That we ended many years ago congress have -- -- -- without question thank you at a time today John.