Monday, June 16, 2003

'Raids' not a priority of immigration officials
Deseret News
* * * With an estimated 75,000 illegal immigrants living in Utah, ICE isn't about to round up so much as a fraction, Branch said. Yet he often hears allegations that his agents are plotting "raids." Large-scale busts of undocumented workers "are not going to be the norm; there are too many of them," he said.
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At immigration detention centers across the country, some 22,000 people are jailed on any given day, according to Branch. That's a tiny dent in the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Yet filling those detention centers is not his agents' top priority. Detaining one person costs about $50 a day; multiply that by 22,000 and "that's quite an expense to the taxpayers."

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