As the number of deportations from county jails increases across the country and in central Ohio, local authorities are struggling to deal with the fallout, a year-long examination by the The Columbus Dispatch found. In a communication mixup, ICE agents deported a witness in a murder trial before he could testify. The accused, a US citizen, was freed. And immigrants facing serious criminal charges use deportation to avoid criminal prosecution. Once deported, those immigrants are free to plan their clandestine return to the country. All the while the costs to taxpayers to fund the broken immigration system mount.