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DHS official retires after immigrants are freed

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Associated Press/March 13, 2012 Gary Mead, executive associate director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Enforcement and Removal Operations, speaks to reporters by a soccer field at a new civil detention facility for low-risk detainees in Karnes City, Texas. Mead, the senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants, announced his retirement the same day the agency said hundreds of people facing deportation had been released from immigration jails.

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The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his retirement the same day the agency said that hundreds of people facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to looming budget cuts.
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