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You do the math
Posted by: mcq on Wednesday, January 11, 2006

USA Today reports that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is really going to crack down on illegals or other immigrants who've been ordered to be deported but haven't followed those deportation orders.

Deploying 52 fugitive-hunting teams (up from 17 last year) made up of 5 to 8 agents, they're "cracking down". If I were one of those ducking deportation, I wouldn't exactly be shaking in my boots. A quick look at the numbers will calm the most nervous of illegals.

Presently there are 536,000 illegals who've not complied with deportation rulings. That means each ICE team must catch and deport 10,307 illegals this year (or 28 a day every day, all year long) just to break even. Add to that the 35,000 new fugitives each year, and well you see the problem.

And that's a drop in the bucket when one considers the estimate of 11 million illegals presently in the country (all of which, if you consider the law, should be deported).

I'm not complaining about the increase in ICE teams. That's good and necessary. But it is obviously not enough. I'd also point out that if the deportation process was streamlined, and those who were found to be in violation of our laws to the extent they need to be deported were immediately deported (instead of giving them the chance to go underground), perhaps 52 ICE teams might be enough. But I doubt it.

All this to point out that the immigration system is still woefully broken and despite efforts to beef up the numbers in border agents and ICE teams chasing illegals for deportation, it is still too little to address the overwhelming problem of illegal immigration.

I'll again further point out that the candidate for '08 who takes this on as one of his or her three signature issues for reform will win a pile of votes for doing so.
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