BOSTON (AP)- A federal judge has ordered Homeland Security officials to release certain immigration records following a newspaper's 2012 lawsuit.
The Boston Globe was seeking names of "convicted criminal aliens" who were not deported after completing their sentences because their homelands wouldn't take them back.
A 2001 Supreme Court decision says people who are set for deportation can't be detained more than six months when their removal isn't likely in the near future.
The government argued against the release of thousands of names, saying it would be a privacy invasion.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in New York City, where the suit was filed, declined comment Saturday.
The Globe's editor says in Saturday's newspaper that the public should know when the government frees criminals who were supposed to be deported.
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