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Threat of budget cuts could mean release of some ICE inmates

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The threat of sequestration prompted the release of some illegal immigrants being held in federal correctional facilities. The threat of sequestration prompted the release of some illegal immigrants being held in federal correctional facilities.
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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The threat of sequestration prompted the release of some illegal immigrants being held in federal correctional facilities.

Northeast Alabama is home to two jails that house ICE, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, inmates. Detainees for ICE are housed both at the DeKalb County Jail and the Etowah County Jail.

ICE officials said DeKalb County houses short term detainees while Etowah County houses longer term detainees. The Department of Homeland Security is releasing some illegal immigrants in advance of the impending budget cuts.

But ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said it's too early to tell if any of the detainees will be released in Alabama, citing Washington has not yet released the numbers to him.

Cox said if a detainee is released, it is a supervised release and must still come back to face the judge on the charges. Of those that will be released, Cox said detention remains for the more serious criminal offenders and those who pose a significant threat to public safety.

National ICE officials said deportation will continue for those illegal immigrants whose cases have concluded and have been released by a judge.

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