Washington, D.C. ñ Today Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus and Vice Chair of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, along with IRC members Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21), Congresswoman Diane Black (TN-02), and Congressman Bill Flores (TX-17)  released the following statement reacting to reports that the Obama Administration has ordered the release of ìseveral hundredî detained unlawful immigrants:

Congressman Poe: ìThe Administrationís decision to release several hundred detained unlawful immigrants is reckless, unwise and counter to the rule of law. Potentially jeopardizing public safety in hopes of proving a political point is both dangerous and irresponsible.

If this Administration was committed to fixing our broken immigration system, then it would not grant de-facto pardons. If Secretary Napolitano needs to cut her budget, she should look no further than the thousands of bureaucrats working behind desks at DHS, not those agents on the front lines protecting our border.î