May 16, 2014 1:45 PM by AP
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department last year released thousands of immigrants convicted of crimes who are facing deportation.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 36,007 immigrants with a combined 88,000 convictions, including 193 for homicide and 426 for sexual assault. The numbers based on agency data were first reported by the Center for Immigration Studies. That's a research organization that advocates for reduced immigration.
Details of how many convicted immigrants were released in the past year came amid a monthslong review of the Obama administration's deportation policies by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
It's unclear how many immigrants the agency decided on its own to release, and how many a judge ordered.
ICE says that in many cases, it was required by law to release the immigrants.
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