WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hundreds of illegal immigrants are being freed from jail across the country, in advance of the sequester at the federal government.

The Department of Homeland Security says Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they have reviewed several cases of immigrants and decided to put them on an "appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised released".

Meanwhile, Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she's not in favor of the move.

President Barack Obama's spokesman said Wednesday the White House was never consulted but described the immigrants as "low-risk, non-criminal detainees."

Bachmann says she's also talked with St. Cloud Airport Director Bill Towle, and St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, on the expected closure of the air traffic control tower.  She says she will continue to work to bring regular air service to Chicago from St. Cloud.

Bachmann says it's disappointing and unnecessary.

Bachmann says she voted "no" on the sequester idea originally and has never supported it.

If Congress and the President can't come up with a deal by Friday, the federal government is forced into 10 percent across the board cuts, which is about $85 billion.