November 19, 2012
In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Viridiana Martinez, right, is comforted by activist Mohammad Abdollahi before Martinez is arrested during a protest for rights for higher education for illegal immigrants that blocked traffic in Atlanta.
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The federal government released hundreds of illegal immigrants, including those a at South Georgia prison, due to budget pressure as automatic government spending cuts crept closer.
More than 10,000 illegal immigrants living in Georgia have requested temporary protection from deportation under a plan established by President Barack Obama.