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April 24, 2006

Agencies struggle to get a handle on illegal immigrants

By Brian Friel, National Journal at bfriel@nationaljournal.com

Last year, the government had a banner year in kicking out illegal immigrants. By spending billions of dollars on apprehension, detention, and legal processing, by devoting millions of staff hours to the effort, and by pushing through get-tough policy changes, the feds managed to deport a record 200,000 foreigners.

That's the equivalent of deporting the entire population of Montgomery, Ala. Of course, immigrants residing illegally in the United States now number 12 million, equivalent to the combined populations of New York City and Chicago. Every year, another 500,000 come in and stay illegally.

This document is located at http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0406/041406nj2.htm

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 24, 2006 11:26 AM

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