Saturday, March 16, 2013

AZMEX I3 16-3-13

AZMEX I3 16 MAR 2013

Feds:122 convicted criminals freed in Arizona
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins

PHOENIX (AP) - More than one-third of the 342 illegal immigrants
released from federal custody in Arizona because of budget cuts are
classified as convicted criminals.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed the numbers
Friday. They were reported by the Arizona Republic and the Arizona
Daily Star.

The Associated Press reported March 1 that more than 2,000 immigrants
had been released nationwide during the previous month.

It wasn't until this week that the Obama administration acknowledged
that it had, in fact, released 2,228 people from immigration jails
over the course of three weeks in February.

Four of the most serious offenders are back in detention.

In Arizona, one of those released is a serious offender but is not
among those put back in custody.

Gov. Jan Brewer's office has been seeking criminal profiles for those
immigrants who were released.


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