Thursday, July 31, 2008

A solution to the immigration problem? OK, probably not.

I'm not one of those libertarian types who thinks government is always stupid and inefficient, but this story may make me reconsider. The "solution" is, courtesy of my local paper, the North County Times:

REGION: Illegal immigrants asked to leave voluntarily

By EDWARD SIFUENTES - Staff Writer

Immigration officials in San Diego say they will start a pilot program Tuesday asking people who are in the country illegally to leave voluntarily, a plan that advocacy groups on both sides of the issue said probably will not work.

The program was designed to give illegal immigrants who have been ordered to leave by an immigration judge an opportunity to work with officials to ease their deportation, said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego.

San Diego is one of five enforcement offices around the country that will be taking part in the trial program, which is scheduled run through Aug. 22. The other offices are in Santa Ana; Phoenix; Chicago and Charlotte, N.C.

The program will give people up to 90 days to make arrangements to leave the country, Mack said. It also will help people avoid the expense of being arrested and deported by immigration agents, which some immigrant rights groups say can be traumatic for families.

(I'm not commenting; I feel that would be superfluous.)

For the whole story see here.

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