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House Immigration Negotiators Mull Citizenship Compromise

February 28, 2013 - Congressional Quarterly

House immigration negotiators are discussing a proposal that would allow illegal immigrants to eventually earn citizenship without creating a special process that Republicans surely would oppose. While a bipartisan immigration working group of House members is still developing a bill, sources on and off Capitol Hill say the negotiators have talked about the compromise proposal as a way to allow both Democrats and Republicans to claim victory.

Sequester Cuts Free Some Immigration Detainees

February 27, 2013 - National Public Radio

Reaction is coming in after the Obama administration's unusual move releasing immigration detainees due to budget cuts. An Arizona sheriff is blasting the sequestration gridlock for undermining the safety of local communities. Immigrant rights groups, however, say it shouldn't take a budget crisis to do what they think is right.

As immigration debate rolls on, where is Kris Kobach?

February 27, 2013 - Voxxi

Known for supporting tough immigration laws and policies that crack down on undocumented immigrants, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was an influential voice in the Republican Party’s immigration stance last year. “It seems that in the last month or two, we’ve seen more conservatives at the national and local level really articulating their support for immigration reform,” Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, told VOXXI. “As a result, Kris Kobach is finding himself on the extreme fringe of the debate.”

How much does ICE save by releasing immigrant detainees?

February 27, 2013 - KPCC Radio

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have shocked people on both sides of the immigrant debate this week by releasing hundreds of detainees from the agency's detention centers, a move officials say was done in light of "fiscal uncertainty" over looming federal budget cuts.

ICE Releases Detainees Ahead of Possible US Budget Cuts

February 27, 2013 - Voice of America

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) says it has released hundreds of detained immigrants in an effort to save money ahead of potential government budget cuts. Reforming U.S. immigration policy and balancing the budget are two of the most controversial issues facing President Barack Obama, who is under pressure to please both conservative and liberal lawmakers and voters. The two issues collided this week with the ICE decision to review its detainees.

Feds free illegal immigrants in Georgia, other states

February 26, 2013 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Several hundred illegal immigrants have been released from detention centers in Georgia and other states, federal officials confirmed Tuesday. They said the releases were made to cut costs in advance of automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Friday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials declined to say precisely how many detainees they have freed or where they are being released.

Because Of Budget Cuts, U.S. Releases Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants

February 26, 2013 - National Public Radio

The U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) says it released several hundred detainees in an effort to prepare for the across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1. More people may be released in the coming days. Last year, the National Immigration Forum estimated that the cost per ICE detainee ranges $122-$164 per day. The organization also estimated that alternative methods of detention cost significantly less, between 30-cents to $14 per day per detainee.

Wave of Immigrants Released Ahead of Automatic Budget Cuts

February 26, 2013 - New York Times

In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released a wave of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country in an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said. The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however: The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.

DHS releasing illegal immigrants before sequester

February 26, 2013 - Associated Press

A week before mandatory budget cuts go into effect across the government, the Department of Homeland Security has started releasing illegal immigrants being held in immigration jails across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday. According to the National Immigration Forum, it costs the government about $164 a day to keep an illegal immigrant facing deportation jailed. In a report on immigration detention costs last year the advocacy group said costs for supervised release can range from about 30 cents to $14 a day.

Prospect of cuts prompting US to release some migrant detainees

February 26, 2013 - Arizona Daily Star

Illegal immigrants are being released from detention across the country on their promise to return for future court dates because of possible upcoming federal budget cuts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed. While the total number of people who have been released has not made public by ICE, an official with firsthand knowledge of the agency's effort said more than 100 people had been released from the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona alone. The effort started last week.

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