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Immigration agents waited to arrest intern, documents show

WASHINGTON — Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of ‘‘significant interest’’ from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Senator Robert Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress.

The Homeland Security ­Department said last month, when the delayed arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta was first disclosed, that AP’s report was ‘‘categorically false.’’

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