WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary’s Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security Subcommittee, Thursday wrote to Subcommittee Chairman U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) to demand hearings following the recent decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release thousands of detainees from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities without warning, including hundreds in Texas:

“[A]t least 700 of these detainees were directly released into Texas. We also know that at least 30 percent of these released detainees had criminal records—potentially including aggravated assault, financial crimes, theft, larceny, drug offenses, drunk-driving, and domestic violence,” wrote Sen. Cornyn.

“Though some have suggested that these released criminals were not dangerous offenders, the victims of assault, drug crimes, theft, drunk driving, and domestic violence would strongly disagree.

“Texans and the rest of America have a right to know exactly what kinds of criminals were released into their communities by DHS and to see that the persons who made these decisions are held fully accountable.”