AirTalk for February 27, 2013

Immigration releases detainees citing Sequestration cuts

OC Immigrant Detention

Jae C. Hong/AP

An Orange County Sheriff's deputy keeps a watch over a group of immigration detainees in the medical and dental care area at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange, Calif.

The first cuts of sequestration have begun. The Department of Homeland Security released hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention this week. They have been "placed on appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release," according to a spokesperson. Earlier this week, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters the sequester could mean immigration jail spots would become unaffordable, the Washington Post reported.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has summoned Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle to meet on Friday - hours after the sequester takes effect. House Speaker John Boehner (R - OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R - KY) will attend.

McConnell didn't signal any movement in comments this morning. "We can either secure those reductions more intelligently, or we can do it the president's way with across-the board cuts. But one thing Americans simply will not accept is another tax increase to replace spending reductions we already agreed to," he said.

Why is DHS the first announce cuts? Could more of the thirty thousand people in immigration holds be released? Should lawmakers meet ahead of Friday?

Guests:
Rep. Adam Schiff , Democratic Congressman for the 28th District and a member of the House Appropriations Committee

Ron Nehring, Immediate Past Chairman (2007-2011), California Republican Party
 


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