Monday, March 17, 2008

280,523 Steps In the Right Direction

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deported 280,523 persons in fiscal 2007.  This figure is higher than ever before and almost 100,000 more illegal immigrants were sent home in 2007 than in 2006.  (The figures come from a story in today's Washington Times.)

Homeland Security deserves some credit for improvements but there is still a long way to go.  Nobody knows how many illegal aliens are in the United States right now but estimates range from 7 million to 20 million or more.  

Deporting 280,523 illegal immigrants is a start but, unfortunately, that many deportations really just scratch the surface of the problem.  The time is now (though it should have been years ago) for our federal government to get serious on this issue.

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