By Sebastian Hughes
Daily Caller News Foundation
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib brushed off questions related to the potential for human traffickers and other dangerous criminals to be released from prison as a result of a bill she endorsed in an interview released Sunday.
“The BEATHE Act proposes emptying federal detention facilities within ten years,” Axios’ Jonathan Swan told Tlaib in the interview. “To what extent have you wrestled with any potential downsides of releasing into society every single person who’s currently in a federal prison?”
Tlaib responded that people falsely think that far-left politicians want to “release everybody,” but Swan countered that such language was essentially what the bill said. “Yeah, but did you see how many people are mentally ill that are in prison right now?” Tlaib replied.
When Swan pressed Tlaib on the fact that human traffickers were in the federal prison system, Tlaib replied, “oh, I know,” before denying that she “blanketly” supported all criminals being released simply because she wants to reform the prison system.
“Look at who’s in prison now … look at the folks that are mentally ill who have substance abus