Release of immigrant detainees was political, House Republicans say
March 19th, 2013
07:52 PM ET
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Release of immigrant detainees was political, House Republicans say

Washington (CNN) – Several House Republicans said Tuesday they believe the February release of more than 2,000 immigration detainees from jail was motivated by politics rather than forced budget cuts.

"From this vantage point, it does look like the decision to release detainees was a political determination and not a monetary determination," said Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina. "It appears to me that the release of detainees was part of a sequester campaign that included the fictional firing of teachers, the closing of the White House for student tours, the displacement of meat inspectors and now we're gonna release aggravated felons - some aggravated felons - onto the street."

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  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    The sequester was meant to be a penalty, NOT a plan to cut spending.

    It was purposely set up to to make across the board cuts, and neither the President OR the Congressional Sand Box could dictate how are where the cuts were made. That was the "penalty" part, no "sacred cows" could be saved.

    This was to force the kiddies to put down their pails and shovels and play well with others BEFORE the sequester took affect.

    None of that happened and sequester is now in effect.

    So, cons, either accept what you got and said you wanted, or change and modify the cuts, but in the name of all that is Holy, would you petulant brats in the pre-k portion of the Sand Box, now known as the House GOP, stop the whining about the very issues you approved and voted for, and get on with your finger painting?

    March 19, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. rs

    More ridiculous blather from the Right. Hello? You want budget cuts? You want to cut federal spending? It costs $135-185 a a day to keep one of these folks in jail. It costs $2-10 to monitor them at home. Virtually all of those released were guilty of no significant crime, and pose no risk. You want them back in jail? get rid of the tax cuts for those earning $200-450 k.
    This is the way you wrote your stupid Sequester-2-8% from each budget in the federal government. What did you think, the government operates for free? Idiots!

    March 19, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    When House Republicans speak, I do what my Daughter used to do. I put my fingers in my ears and go "LA LA LA LA LA LA LA"! That is the only way to stay sane while these lying, corrupt tools start to pontificate!

    March 19, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    What differ. Will it make we're in a multi trillion dollar def. With a leader who thinks illegals should be legal mix obama care in there with a dash of liberals who think theres a magic wand

    March 19, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Ancient Texan

    The cuts selected by the administration were deliberate in an attempt to convert painful situations into rage against the Republicans....just might be backfiring too.

    March 19, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. presisamonkey

    prepare for the new order. war will come

    March 19, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Richard Long

    Feel the wrath of the Chosen One!!!
    Hussein didn't get his way, so he gets his revenge by releasing criminals, closing White House tours, cutting tuition assistance to people that serve in the armed forces, etc.
    However he still wants to spend millions on EBT/SNAP education for Mexican citizens, start up a preschool program even though our current educational system is messed up, schedule his Martha's Vineyard vacation, fly out to California (with full Secret Service protection and Air Force One flight) to campaign for money to pay off his campaign debt, etc.
    I wish I had $500,000 so I can be on his OFA guest list...

    March 19, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina needs to read the facts . None of the 2000 individuals released were a threat . Dose he know the cost of housing an inmate for a year , 200.000.00 a year , ad that up Mr. fiscal conservative .

    March 19, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Bob

    What's aggravating is the blatant and racist GOP stupidity

    March 19, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Republicans should keep up the attack propoganda. It only shows the Hispanic voters that the Republican Party isn't ready receive them with open arms. It is a display of schizophrenic behavior when one wing of the party is planning an outreach to Hispanics and the other wing wants to jail them.

    March 19, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  11. Getoverit

    Oh, no! How can you possibly say it was political? LMFAO!

    March 20, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  12. mk77

    If congress actually did its job maybe it could have all been avoided...

    March 20, 2013 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  13. fiftyfive55

    Not only is it illegal to release illegal aliens back onto the streets of a country they invaded,but it's got racial undertones to it.

    March 20, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |