The administration has been looking for ways to minimize the impact of sequestration. (sequestration - also known as "the Republicans' plan to ruin just everything")
Releasing illegal immigrants, denying police departments bullets, and firing teachers has saved some money, but not quite enough according to the administration. Next they plan to cut off water to all local fire departments.
"That might just do it," said one administration official, "If it doesn't, we may have to go back and restart some fires just to recoup some of the water we've already used." When it was pointed out that that was a stupid idea, he replied, "And releasing illegal immigrants isn't?"