An intelligent political move by the Dems.
If Republicans take issue with the Illegal Alien part of the story the Dems will be able to use that to continue to play up their market share with Hispanics. It makes for good 10 second soundbytes for their cause.
If Republicans dont take the obvious bait and instead criticize the simpler fact that criminals are being released, the Dems can blame the budget cuts and the entire problem on Republicans. The Dems have much better talking points releasing illegal aliens than they do, say, releasing non-violent drug offenders.
The conservative members of the media will surely be suckered into battle of 10 second soundbytes which they will surely lose. Then will retreat into the more politically difficult realm of making the real arguments based on facts and complete thoughts and by then the issue will already be old news and something shiny and new will have the nation’s attention. By then the only people who still care about this will be those who soon become victims of crime caused by the released. And that will only serve as more fodder for the argument over budget cuts, since by the time these stories start getting picked up the cuts will be happening.