Minister of the Interior Lee Yi-yang (
Wu had said he was resigning after 10 Vietnamese women escaped from a detention center in Ilan County on Friday, the third mass breakout at the same center.
While saying that some officials would be penalized for the escape, Lee also defended the agency.
He said that the agency, which was inaugurated on Jan. 2, was short on staff and funding to take effective control of the detention center.
Following its inauguration, the immigration agency took over the detention center from the National Police Agency, and the number of staffers was reduced from 160 to 91, Lee said.
Short on budget, the detention center does not even have enough security cameras, Lee said.
"We're aiming to make a total improvement -- not just for the Ilan detention center but nationwide," Lee said.
Lee said that he would call an interagency meeting to address the problem.
Friday's escape by 10 illegal Vietnamese immigrants dealt another blow to the agency, which was still reeling from a string of scandals this month, including two other escapes involving six illegal immigrants.
Agency Deputy Director Steve Wu (
He did not elaborate on how the women were able to get their hands on a soldering iron.
The agency issued a news release yesterday, saying that one escaped detainee from Friday's incident has been captured, while police and immigration agents were still searching for the rest.
Additional reporting by Loa Iok-sin