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14_Lt_Imm on Mar 1, 2013

Letter: Letter to DHS on illegal immigrant release
Source: Letter from 37 Members of Congress
Letter from office of Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ-5) signed by 37 Members of Congress

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

We are deeply concerned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using sequestration as a vehicle to further the Administration's disregard for enforcing our immigration laws. Specifically, we are troubled by recent reports that DHS has released hundreds of illegal immigrants, rather than finding cost savings elsewhere in the agency.

Your agency's decision to release "low-risk" illegal immigrants back into the public under the guise of saving money is unprecedented and dangerous. The inability of DHS to prioritize resources for potential cuts suggests this decision was either politically motivated to further the Administration's amnesty goals or, at best, demonstrates agency incompetence.

Given the public safety and national security concerns this decision raises, we respectfully request you halt any further action to release detained illegal immigrants. Also, please respond to the following questions, regarding individuals already released, pending release, or anticipated to be released:

  • The number of detainees released and the geographic location of where the releases took place;
  • Any plans for future releases, and the geographic location of where those releases will take place;
  • The name of the DHS official who authorized the review of detained illegal immigrants for release;
  • The criteria used to determine who is eligible for release;
  • The number of reviewed detainees denied release and the specific reasons for such denials;
  • A list identifying cuts to the DHS budget implemented prior to the release of the detainees, the budget savings achieved, and why these savings were insufficient;
  • How DHS is tracking illegal immigrants released under this plan, and whether they will be ordered back to detention centers if funding becomes available.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Question 12: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Immigration
  • Headline: Stop releasing low-risk illegal immigrants (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Stop releasing low-risk illegal immigrants (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 4.
  • Headline: Stop releasing low-risk illegal immigrants (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Stop releasing low-risk illegal immigrants (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 4 on Immigration: When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
    • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
    • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
    • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
    • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 14_Lt_Imm



Republicans participating in 14_Lt_Imm

Michele Bachmann s1sMinnesota Republican (retiring 2014) 
Rob Bishop s1sUtah Republican 
Jim Bridenstine s1sOklahoma Republican 
Michael Burgess s1sTexas Republican 
Ken Calvert s1sCalifornia Republican 
John Campbell s1sCalifornia Republican (retiring 2014) 
Mike Conaway s1sTexas Republican 
John Culberson s1sTexas Republican 
Steve Daines s1sMontana Republican (Senate run 2014) 
Jimmy Duncan s1sTennessee Republican 
Randy Forbes s1sVirginia Republican 
Trent Franks s1sArizona Republican 
Paul Gosar s1sArizona Republican 
Samuel Graves s1sMissouri Republican 
Michael Grimm s1sNew York Republican (resigned 2015) 
Vicky Hartzler s1sMissouri Republican 
Tim Huelskamp s1sKansas Republican 
Randy Hultgren s1sIllinois Republican 
Duncan Hunter s1sCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Walter Beaman Jones s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
John Kline s1sMinnesota Republican 
Doug LaMalfa s1sCalifornia Republican 
Doug Lamborn s1sColorado Republican 
Tom McClintock s1sCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003) 
John Mica s1sFlorida Republican 
Alan Nunnelee s1sMississippi Republican (deceased 2015) 
Ted Poe s1sTexas Republican 
Mike Pompeo s1sKansas Republican 
Bill Posey s1sFlorida Republican 
Phil Roe s1sTennessee Republican 
Dana Rohrabacher s1sCalifornia Republican 
Ed Royce s1sCalifornia Republican 
Matt Salmon s2wArizona Republican 
David Schweikert s1sArizona Republican 
Steve Stockman s1sTexas Republican (Senate run 2014) 
Lynn Westmoreland s1sGeorgia Republican 
Bill Young s1sFlorida Republican (Deceased 2013) 



Independents participating in 14_Lt_Imm



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 37
Independents: 0


















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