Franks on Release of Detainees: Administration Again Makes Criminals' Lives Easier

Feb 28, 2013 Issues: Immigration, National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) today responded to the release of several hundred detainees by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a decision blamed on pending sequestration cuts:

"Whether arming dangerous criminals across the border during Operation Fast and Furious or releasing hundreds of detained undocumented illegal immigrants convicted of offenses ranging from drunk driving to theft, this Administration has shown a truly disturbing tendency to actively make criminals' lives significantly easier.

"In every instance, the White House has claimed to be unaware of the activities, as if an executive branch headed by an uninformed executive with no control over his own appointees is somehow a more comforting alternative.

"To this point, over 300 detained illegal immigrants have been released in Arizona alone. I intend to work with my colleagues, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, in seeking answers related to this inexcusable display of ineptitude and lack of preparation."