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Detainees Released under ICE's Sequestration Budget Cut

Author: Deportation Lawyer Alena Shautsova

Demand for Information Disclosure about Detainees Released under ICE's Sequestration Budget Cut

As difficult as it has been for Congress to agree on many immigration issues, you can expect further controversy over ICE's release of immigration detainees based on the forced federal budget cut called sequestration. ICE provided very little information about the nature of detainees released.

According to Government Security News, the leader of the House Homeland Security Committee, Representative Michael McCaul, demanded details about the release of hundreds of detainees from the nation’s 250 detainment facilities. The committee leader demands to know the actual numbers of immigrants released, specific timelines and dates for future releases and information about geographic locations of ICE jails that released and will release detainees. He also wants to know the details of specific monitoring and tracking actions to maintain control over those released immigrants facing deportation.

The $85 billion in budget cuts for the Department of Homeland Security do not go into effect until April. McCaul says the DOH spends $648 million a year on headquarters, management and administration, which includes worldwide conferences costing millions of dollars. He alleges there are other ways to trim the DOH budget.

Budget cut disagreements continue among Congress members. Meanwhile government agencies have started making their own decisions about budget cuts.

Immigration lawyers representing immigrants who face detention or deportation must work within a changing system. However, immigrants have much better chances of protecting their rights when working with an immigration attorney.

If you or a loved one is subject to detention or deportation, consult a deportation lawyer so you can find out about legal recourse.

15 March 2013
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