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  • Deported: Until we meet again

    For many Ohio jails and retention offices, illegal immigrants can mean big bucks. Contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement could allow some sheriff departments to create revenue by keeping immigrants who are waiting to be deported. Many deportees who are eventually deported say they will come back to the U.S.
  • "Deporting Justice"

    In an ongoing television series, WFAA-TV reveals that thousands of felons accused of murder, rape and assault are often deported instead of standing trial. In Dallas, many of the accused felons are Mexican citizens who, instead of facing criminal trial in the states, are put on a bus and shuttled back to Mexico where they are set free. Deporting the accused felons also decreases the chance of "jail overcrowding."
  • The Border Within

    An investigation by the Rocky Mountain News found that "many criminal immigrants who are supposed to be deported are not removed from the country because of a lack of manpower and detention space and because of a lack of communication among federal, state and local officials." The newspaper also reported that "many of these criminals had gone on to commit worse crimes in Colorado, including murder and sexual assault." In addition, "half the people deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement each year in Colorado and nationally have no criminal record."
  • Wrongdoing in Wilmer-Hutchins

    Using a hidden camera and the unpaid help of a mold remediation expert, reporters at KDFW exposed severe problems with the Wilmer-Hutchins district high school. News cameras also caught the district using illegal immigrants instead of mold remediation specialists to repair building problems. The investigation also lead to the discovery of mismanagement and fraud in the school district's leadership and its financial records. As a result of this report, a state education agency audit followed, along with investigations by the FBI, IRS, U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour division, and the Federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Throughout the investigation, district officials denied any wrongdoing, refused to hand over documents, and were eventually charged with tampering with evidence in the federal investigations.
  • The Un-Americans

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have begun to deport or imprison immigrants who committed minor crimes, sometimes jailing them without bail while they await deportation. This investigation looks into recent immigration laws that allow agents to deport immigrants or imprison them for minor offenses such as shoplifting. In some cases, the laws are retroactive and punish immigrants even more for crimes for which they have already paid. Prison conditions for some of these immigrants tend to be especially harsh and inhumane. This has been the case for Haskell prison, a privately-owned facility that is below the standards set by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.