Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today released the following statement regarding the release of illegal immigrants in advance of sequestration:
"This reminds me of Fidel Castro's release of criminals in the Mariel Boatlift in 1980.
"We learned today that the Obama Administration summarily released untold numbers of inmates, in what was defended as a cost-savings in advance of the sequestration deadline. This is unacceptable, irresponsible and reckless.
"If this is the best cost-savings that Secretary Napolitano can do, then we have to begin to seriously question her judgment.
"We also are expected to believe that the White House had no knowledge of this. How many times will the administration claim to know nothing about what goes on within its own walls?
"How many criminals have now been released on our streets? And the president shrugs his shoulders and pretends that someone else is responsible. At a certain point, President Obama must take ownership of what goes on in his own administration."