Aug 23, 2011

Immigration Crackdown: Repatriation flights for illegal immigrants draw criticism The Department of Homeland Security continues to spend millions of dollars flying illegal immigrants caught along the Arizona border back to Mexico each summer even though government officials and humanitarian groups question whether the program is effective or worth the cost.

The agency has spent more than $85 million over the past eight years to transport Mexican illegal immigrants far beyond the border in a humanitarian effort aimed at saving lives by deterring migrants from making another dangerous border crossing. But it has no real way to gauge the value of the program. While the department defends its repatriation flights, officials chose not to act on recommendations by government auditors to measure whether the program is effective.

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