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  • Are Your Papers in Order

    The series reveals how the Sheriff of Maricopa County rounded up illegal aliens for deportation in an effort to remove illegal immigrants. The way this was done was arresting many people without probable cause and simple issues, such as traffic stops. Further, he was stopping darker colored people with alleged infractions and later checking on their residency to determine if they had to be deported or not.
  • The Buck Stops Nowhere

    KTRK investigates the number of crimes committed by illegal aliens, finding that the crime rate has grown largely because of lenient methods of dealing with immigrants accused of breaking the law. More than 12,000 non-citizens were charged with crimes in 18 months, including "murders tied to illegal immigrants who had been deported and returned, or had been jailed repeatedly and released without deportation." Also, the station found there were "dozens of sexual offenses committed by illegal immigrants that had been released from jail instead of" being deported. The station also found that Harris County kept the arrest of criminal aliens secret from the federal government.
  • Siege on the border: costly fortifications fail to deter immigrant flow

    For 12 years, the United States has pumped billions of dollars into fortifying the Southwest border. Annual spending on border enforcement has nearly tripled, the Border Patrol has almost tripled its ranks, and the Southwestern border has become heavily militarized with fences, aircraft, sensors and cameras. It hasn't work. But Congress reamins committed to the same failed strategy.
  • America's border: Who left the door open?

    This investigation found that the borders of the United States, rather than becoming more secure since 9/11, have become more porous. Time estimates that the number of illegal aliens coming into the US in 2004 will total 3 million, the largest wave since 2001 and about triple the number of legal immigrants. Politicians are dodging the issue of fixing it because the supply of cheap labor helps keep down the cost of goods and services. Many big companies rally against the enforcement of laws that would shut down their supply of illegal workers.
  • DSHS fraud

    A KREM-TV investigation of the state of Washington's licensing practices for day care operations revealed huge loopholes. "Those loopholes allowed known child molesters, convicted felons and illegal aliens to receive a state license to care for numerous children and receive tax dollar subsidies in the process."
  • Admitting Terror

    In a five-part investigative series New Times discovers that Mohamed Atta, one of the key players in the September 11 terrorist attacks, was improperly admitted into the country. Norman reveals that immigration inspectors are often leery to enforce federal law against illegal aliens, and exposes "a culture that values facilitation of air travel over law enforcement." INS failed to monitor the departure of U.S. visitors, to maintain a database with names of suspected terrorists, and to enforce laws against visitors' overstays. At INS customer service has become a top priority, even though inspectors have warned of the terrorist threat, New Times reports. The stories shed light on several cases in 1990s when terrorist were admitted into the U.S. without any scrutiny. "The disturbing result is that the INS has become a laughingstock among even moderately sophisticated terrorists."
  • "Driving by Deception"

    Reporters for The Record "exposed a shadowy underworld of fraudulently obtained driver's licenses and birth certificates. It has shown that the driver's license, often described as the de facto nation ID card, is easily obtained in New Jersey for a price, commonly $1,500 to $2,300. These were real licenses, issued at state Division of Motor Vehicles offices, not fake paper." -excerpt from IRE contest entry form.
  • Crossing to the Other Side: Deadly Game

    Village Voice, in a three part series, reports on "one Mexican's illegal journey into the United States." Reporter Michael Kamber describes 18 year-old Antonio Gonzalez's trip across border lines and his journey to New York City In addition, the article details the system of "coyotes" who smuggle Mexicans into the United States and how they bypass Border Patrol.
  • Dirty Little Secret

    Reader's Digest looks into the sex slave trade that has "exploded across the globe during the past decade, and inevitably . . . has reached the United States." More disturbing are the "estimates of women and children smuggled into the United States run as high as 50,000 a year, and many are forced into the sex industry." Reader's Digest reports on two specific cases of young girls promised good jobs in the United States and then forced into prostitution once here. Fortunately, a bill signed by President Clinton in October, "allows for life imprisonment for those convicted of trafficking children into the United States for purposes of illegal sex." Despite harsher punishments, "the victims of this cruel trade can be rescued, but their lives can never be fully restored."
  • No Way Out

    The Rhode Island Monthly looks at the highly debated issue of illegal immigration. Some argue that illegal aliens cost taxpayers millions of dollars- receiving free education for their children and medical services. Others debate that illegal aliens provide the U.S. with a strong economy, doing the jobs that would not normally be done. In addition, critics say 'it is common for illegals to obtain false Social Security numbers so that they can work. Therefore, they have taxes taken out like everybody else.' As more visas expire, they become part of the estimated "12,000 to 40,000" illegal aliens found in Rhode Island. These numbers lead many people to the idea of allowing immigrants "to become legal in a timely and uncomplicated manner."