Over 2,000 detainees who were in the country illegally were released from federal prison.
A federal investigation is being launched into allegations the Department of Homeland Security secretly released violent detainees who were in the U.S. illegally.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says Congressman Daryl Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, plans to formally investigate this matter. Babeu sent a letter to Issa days ago requesting a congressional inquiry and hearings into why more than 2,000 illegal detainees were released from federal prison. He says 'whistle blowers' within Immigrations and Customs Enforcement alerted him to the situation.
The sheriff added that some of the released offenders were held for manslaughter, child molestation, weapons offenses and narcotics trafficking. Last month, he sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for more information about this release, but she has not responded.