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Old 08-22-2008, 04:39 PM
 
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Immigration agency scraps self-deport program
By AMY TAXIN – 10 hours ago

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The federal government will scrap a program for illegal immigrants to turn themselves in for deportation after only eight people volunteered during a nearly three-week trial, an official said Thursday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offered the pilot program in five cities, giving illegal immigrants facing court orders to leave the country 90 days to plan their departure and coordinate travel with relatives instead of facing the prospect of being arrested, detained and deported.

ICE will end its "Scheduled Departure" program when the trial period concludes Friday, Jim Hayes, acting director of ICE's detention and removal operations, told The Associated Press.

"The bottom line is it is not effective," Hayes said. "Quite frankly, I think this proves the only method that works is enforcement."

Hayes said other tactics have proven more effective. ICE has been tracking down so-called immigration "fugitives" by knocking on their doors at home, often during pre-dawn hours.

ICE offered the program to 457,000 illegal immigrants nationwide who have ignored judicial orders to leave the country but have no criminal record. Applicants could sign up at ICE offices in Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego and Santa Ana.

Immigrant advocates said the program had few incentives and failed to consider undocumented immigrants' ties to family in the U.S. They said they worry that ICE will cite the weak turnout as a reason to step up the raids, since it now can say that it made an effort to enforce the law in a way that was less disruptive to illegal immigrants and their families.

"My hope is it isn't going to empower them or fuel their enforcement even further," immigration lawyer Lisa Ramirez said Thursday.



The Associated Press: Immigration agency scraps self-deport program (broken link)
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Boo-hoo, so what they have family members here. They made their beds now they can lie in . . . oh wait, let me rephrase that.

They need to make their beds and lie in them in Mexico. When illegals make and lie in a bed in America it never fails to result in another anchor baby eligible to drain our tax dollars.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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Well, they did try to be nice.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Well, they did try to be nice.
Yes they did. Now, it's time to take off the gloves.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Yes they did. Now, it's time to take off the gloves.
That may not even be necessary----------the illegal immigrant self deportation is increasing as we speak
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:17 PM
 
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That may not even be necessary----------the illegal immigrant self deportation is increasing as we speak
Exactly. As explained on another one of Jorge's articles. The economic toll is too much for illegals to bear, so they're going back home. I predict a resting period. They will most likely come back when the rain has cleared, and that by then hopefully we will have some sort of tighter security on our borders.
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