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Low-Risk Offenders on the Loose

Published: Feb 28, 2013 8:00 am By: LAWRENCE DOWNES

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released several hundred people from its detention centers across the country, saying it needs to save money ahead of the automatic budget cuts due to begin Friday. The detainees were not simply let loose, but placed under other forms of supervision, and their deportation cases will proceed.

It’s a strange development — not just because the White House has made extraordinary efforts to sweep a record numbers of immigrants into custody, but also because the White House and the Secretary of Homeland Security say they didn’t know about it until yesterday. The decision was made not at the top, but by “career officials” at ICE, the White House spokesman Jay Carney said today."

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