1. Liberated

    Hundreds Freed From Immigration Detention

    FLORENCE, AZ - JULY 30:  An immigrant stands in a holding cell at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility for illegal immigrants on July 30, 2010 in Florence, Arizona. Most immigrants at the center are awaiting deportation or removal and return to their home countries, while some are interned at the facility while their immigration cases are being reviewed. ICE in Arizona holds almost 3,000 immigrants statewide, all at the detention facilities in Florence and nearby Eloy. Arizona, which deports and returns more illegal immigrants than any other state, is currently appealing a judge's ruling suspending controversial provisions of Arizona's immigration enforcement law SB 1070.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    Obama is fighting the sequester by releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention centers. Citing “fiscal uncertainty” looming over the sequestration cuts deadline, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson says that liberation was necessary to ensure that the detention centers are populated at manageable levels should the budget cuts kick in. The move is being criticized by Republicans as a blatant ploy to frighten Americans into supporting the president’s budget proposal. Either way, immigration advocates say that the mass release could show that those incarcerated in ICE facilities don’t need to be there at all. After all, all those who are liberated will still face their deportation charges.

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