Immigration raids more effective, agency says

SANTA ANA, Calif. " U.S. authorities are vowing to track down illegal immigrants at home and at work after only eight people volunteered for a self-deportation program.

The nearly three-week trial for illegal immigrants who have ignored court orders to leave the country ends today in five cities.

Jim Hayes, acting director of detention and removal operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told reporters today that the agency would arrest more so-called immigrant "fugitives" this year than last and still more next year as more agents are assigned.

During the self-deportation trial, Hayes said ICE teams assigned to find fugitives at home and at work arrested 1,300 people.


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