Under fierce questioning from Republicans at a hearing in the House of Representatives, the top Obama administration official in charge of immigration enforcement insisted Tuesday that the release of more than 2,200 immigrants from detention in February was solely a budgetary savings measure, and he disputed accusations that they had included many dangerous criminals. But the official, John T. Morton, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, acknowledged to the House Judiciary Committee that about two dozen of the immigrants had since been returned to detention.
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