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Several hundred” detainees at Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation centers around the U.S. were released the week of Feb. 18 to reduce spending in the face of looming budget cuts in Washington, ICE officials confirmed.

The immigration detainees, according to ICE officials, were still under supervision and will continue to face deportation proceedings.

“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,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christiansen on Feb. 25.

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