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Resource ID: #14422
Subject: Immigration
Source: Chicago Reporter
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Date: July/August

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Gordon looked at Mexican workers deported by the INS. Over the past two years, the U.S. INS has stepped up its worksite raid effort, which targets the "job magnet" that attracts undocumented workers to the United States. That effort got an additional boost in 1996 with the passage of a federal law that enhanced the INS' ability to deport immigrants and further shielded companies from liability for hiring undocumented workers. The article shows that INS raids almost exclusively target Mexicans. Demographic information on workers arrested in 1996 and 1997 shows that 96.4 percent came from Mexico and 98.9 percent were Latinos. But Mexicans make up only 44 percent of Illinois' undocumented immigrants. State Senator Jesus Garcia, a Chicago Democrat, is consider teaming up with a group of civil rights lawyers to sue the INS.

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