Immigration 2013: Sen. John McCain slams release of illegal immigrants

PHOENIX - Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona says some of the illegal immigrants recently released by the Homeland Security Department because of budget cuts might have committed serious crimes.

McCain sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday demanding information on the release of more than 2,000 immigration detainees.

McCain says there is a possibility some of the detainees had committed serious crimes such as smuggling, narcotics trafficking and child molestation.

McCain wants Napolitano to make public this month the criteria used to determine which detainees were released and how many had been convicted of serious crimes.

The states where immigrants were released include Arizona, California, Georgia and Texas.

McCain is heading a Republican effort to craft immigration legislation focused on border security.

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