House Republicans voted to authorize a subpoena to get data on illegal immigrants against whom the government has failed to pursue in deportation cases, The Washington Times reported.
According to the newspaper, the vote came two days after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) failed to meet a deadline that was given by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas).
"The American people have a right to know what crimes these 300,000 illegal immigrants committed after ICE intentionally chose not detain them," Representative Smith said in a statement.
All seven Republicans on the panel voted to authorize the subpoena, while all four Democrats opposed the measure, arguing that the Obama Administration should get more time too compile the information, according to the Times.
Nelson Peacock, an assistant secretary for DHS, said that the Customs Enforcement is working judicially to get the information over the to committee, Fox News reported.
"As we have explained, ICE does not track the circumstances of cases where no action is taken," Peacock wrote in the letter.