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March 01, 2013 - Associated Press
The immigrants who were released still eventually face deportation and are required to appear for upcoming court hearings. But they are no longer confined in immigration jails, where advocacy experts say they cost about $164 per day per person. Immigrants who are granted supervised release — with conditions that can include mandatory check-ins, home visits and GPS devices — cost the government from 30 cents to $14 a day, according to the National Immigration Forum, a group that advocates on behalf of immigrants.
March 01, 2013 - ABC News/Univision
The number of immigration detainees released by the federal government in recent weeks numbers in thousands, not in the hundreds as the administration said earlier this week, according to a new report. The Associated Press reported Friday that more than 2,000 immigrants have been released from detention in the past several weeks because of impending budget cuts.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.