A Backlog of Fugitives

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.

[Since 2003, spending on fugitive operations have mushroomed and the number of enforcement teams and apprehensions has increased, but so have deportation orders from the courts.]

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