ICE Releases non-threatening detainees due to sequester cutbacks

Post date: Feb 27, 2013 2:1:19 PM

In connection with the release of certain individuals from immigration detention, ICE provided AILA with the following statement:

"As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget. Over the last week, ICE has reviewed several hundred cases and placed these individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention. All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings. Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety.”

From my perspective - it was a cruel waste of money and resources to be detaining people who do not pose a significant threat to the public safety in the first place. Particularly, if they have a family to support here in the United States.