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With cuts looming, US freeing illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON — A week before mandatory budget cuts go into effect across the government, the Department of Homeland Security has started releasing illegal immigrants being held in immigration jails across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.

Gillian Christensen, an agency spokeswoman, said it has reviewed several hundred cases of immigrants being held and released them in the last week. They have been ‘‘placed on an appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release,’’ she said.

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