WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is asking for an internal review of the Obama administration's release of thousands of immigrants convicted of crimes while facing deportation.
He's telling Congress he wants a deeper understanding of the issues.
The Cabinet secretary is expected to face a grilling on Capitol Hill about the issue. Johnson says the releases of many of the roughly 36,000 convicted criminals set free last year were the results of orders from immigration judges or other legal requirements.
Johnson says he will work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ensure public safety.
News of the releases has incensed Republican lawmakers, including the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.
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