Sheriff Upset Over Detainees Being Released Because Of Spending Cuts
Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - The forced spending cuts will cause public safety issues ... at least according to Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona.
He has been very vocal on the topic ... and says he's concerned about the release of hundreds of illegal immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ICE released the detainees into cheaper forms of supervision, such as using ankle monitors and weekly check-ins.
The agency also says the released detainees don't pose a serious criminal threat.
Babeu doesn't agree.
"It's laughable, quite honestly. We all have differences of opinion about the 11 million illegals here in the United States. What do we do? Do we have a path to citizenship, outright amnesty citizenship or no citizenship? But we've all agreed up until this release, that 34 thousand of that 11 million that we identify as the most serious criminal offenders, that they are to be identified, imprisoned, on their way to deportation. Even Secretary Napolitano and President Obama said these people should be deported. And now we're hearing a completely different story. And to think that somehow we can provide supervised release on people who have no incentive to report in to the authorities, no incentive to comply with their release, they will cut their ankle bracelet because what's the worse that can happen? You're going to deport them? That's the reality of this."
Pinal County is about 200 miles from the Mexican border.
Babeu sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, demanding the names, locations and criminal history of the detainees released in Arizona.