U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is responsible for catching illegal immigrants living in the United States in violation of deportation orders. The struggle to keep pace with the growing number of fugitives is expensive, and harsh tactics are creating a backlash. ICE's self-deportation pilot program is one response, but few illegal immigrants have applied so far.
SOURCES: Homeland Security Department; Justice Department; U.S. Congress | GRAPHIC: The Washington Post - Aug. 10, 2008
Self-Deportation Has Few Takers Article | CHARLOTTE -- With a fanfare of news conferences and Spanish-language television and newspaper ads, U.S. authorities last week started giving 457,000 illegal immigrants a chance to turn themselves in without the usual threat of arrest and detention.