Sen. McCain Slams Release of Illegal Immigrants 3/9/13
March 9, 2013
PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona says it's possible some of the more than 2,000 illegal immigrants the Homeland Security Department released recently because of budget cuts had been convicted of serious crimes.
McCain sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday demanding information on the release of the detainees, who had faced deportation. He says some possibly had committed serious crimes such as smuggling, narcotics trafficking and child molestation.
Federal officials maintain those released were "non-criminals" and low-risk offenders.
McCain wants Napolitano to disclose this month criteria used to determine which detainees would be released and how many had been convicted of serious crimes.
The immigrants were released in Arizona, California, Georgia and Texas.
McCain heads a GOP immigration reform effort focused on border security.