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Immigration Detainee Release Blamed on Sequester

February 28, 2013  | 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released "several hundred" immigrants from deportation centers across the country, saying the move is an effort to cut costs ahead of budget cuts due to hit later this week.

Announcing the news Tuesday, ICE officials said that the immigrants were released under supervision and continue to face deportation. After reviewing hundreds of cases, those released were considered low-risk and "noncriminal," officials said.

The releases took place over the last week and were an effort "to ensure detention levels stay within ICE's current budget," said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christiansen, citing uncertainty caused by a budget standoff in Washington.

Much of the federal government is braced to feel the pinch from $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts due to start Friday. Both Republicans and Democrats have said they oppose the cuts, but the two parties cannot agree on a budget deal that would avert them.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

Related:

Fed Budget Cuts Would Reduce LE Strength

Tags: Budget Cuts, Immigration Enforcement, Illegal Immigration


Comments (7)

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Bob@Az. @ 2/28/2013 3:18 PM

BULLSH*T!! This lying filthy sob of an Admin is just threatening what few Americans are left. They turned 300 loose in Phoenix and I'll bet their not running back down south. At least empty handed. I heard Butch, the HLS director, saying thry couldn't do anymore. Or any less. Blues, start packing extra mags!AND STAY SAFE!!!

rmartin1 @ 3/1/2013 5:22 AM

Make them all legal by granting amnesty and citizenship for breaking the law like the Obama administration is advocating then this problem does not exist. The 25 million illegals in this country live on poverty level so they can then jump on the government's back for financial assistance like their children already receive. Dump that bill on an already broke government and watch the 47% that Romney talked about grow over the 50% mark. This country has major problems and we haven't seen the worst yet. Keep your magazines topped off and be safe...!

Frank @ 3/1/2013 7:15 AM

Great idea when their finished releasing all these folks they should move to Washington and release all the lazy good for nothing politicians that have put us in this mess. This BS coming out of Washington is not new its been going on for 50 plus years. The people who are at fault, You and me for voting these people back into office.

Trigger @ 3/1/2013 8:09 AM

Wow, politics in the works again. Why has everything got to be so
dramatic with this Administration? So is the local pd's going to be responsible when all hell breaks loose?

Thor @ 3/1/2013 1:54 PM

As usual NOBODY will take responsibility. There will be NO CHANGE in ICE's budget. No bloated raises. Same degree of overpayment that government workers got last year! Concern for "budget"??? What a laugh!!!

Inside the frence @ 3/3/2013 12:44 AM

Over payment only federal employees that got paid was Congress, the staff and line hasn't got crap in over 3 years. Lame and lazy on welfare is making more than Federal COs and two of them were killed in less than 48 hours and Congress wants to thin the number of Officeres more while adding more crooks.

njmotorcop @ 3/6/2013 4:24 PM

Sounds like another deliberate attempt to raise the crime rate so he can "justify" his subversive gun bans!

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