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Crime and Banishment: Local Mexican authorities worried about US deportation of Mexican criminals

MEXICO CITY — The prospects for the immigration bill now under discussion in the U.S. Congress have a lot to do with whether it is perceived to enhance U.S. border security with Mexico. Many Republicans have been reluctant to legalize the status of foreigners illegally present in the United States without more measures to keep other potential illegal immigrants out. On Tuesday the Senate approved a plan to spend $40 billion over the next decade on building more fencing along the border, installing infrared sensors, increasing by almost 20,000 the number of patrol agents and sending surveillance drones flying overhead. But this latest plan will only put more stress on Mexican border towns that already bear the brunt of unexpected and, often, unwanted waves of returnees from the United States. Mexico wants the U.S. government to pass an immigration reform that would set on the path to legality the six million or so undocumented Mexicans now living in the United States. But the cost might be too great for some Mexican communities along that very border Americans are trying so hard to make secure — for themselves

http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/crime-and-banishment/


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