The Obama administration is facing criticism for giving $250 million in aid to Egypt while saying the recent sequester has forced drastic cutbacks elsewhere in the budget -- including forcing the release of "low-priority" illegal immigrants from jail.

Though Secretary of State John Kerry cited Egypt's "extreme needs," as it tries to strengthen its burgeoning democracy, critics suggested that kind of money could offset some of the $85 billion in automatic cuts this year, which kicked in Friday and are known collectively as the sequester.

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