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How Sequestration Could Impact the Immigration System

Published: Feb 27, 2013 2:00 pm By: TED HESSON

"The impact of the looming federal budgets cuts appears to be trickling down to immigration enforcement.

On March 1, the country will undergo what's being called "sequestration": across-the-board budget cuts adding up to $1.2 trillion over 10 years. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is already taking steps to reduce its spending.

Several hundred lower-priority immigration detainees have been released from facilities across the country over the past several days. They were either let go on their own recognizance or required to use a telephone check-in system or an ankle bracelet, according to Gillian Christensen, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE)."

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