Republicans on Tuesday denounced the release of hundreds of illegal immigrants from federal detention centers as an attempt to frighten Americans into supporting President Obama’s budget spending demands. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,said it was "abhorrent" that Obama would release lawbreakers "to promote his political agenda on sequestration." He suggested the release was merely a way to pressure Republicans to vote his way. "By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives," Goodlatte said. "It also undermines our efforts to come together with the Administration and reform our nation’s immigration laws."