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Illegal Immigration and Deportations Face New Scrutiny in the US

U.S. states are enacting controversial immigration laws, while the federal government is trying to reassert its control over immigration enforcement. It is also trying to reduce the number of deportations of illegal immigrants which soared to nearly 400,000 in the last year.

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Immigrant rights protesters march to the Arizona Capitol on April 23, 2011 to mark the first anniversary of the passage of some of the broadest and strictest anti-immigration legislation in the United States. (AP)
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Immigrant rights protesters march to the Arizona Capitol on April 23, 2011 to mark the first anniversary of the passage of some of the broadest and strictest anti-immigration legislation in the United States. (AP)

Arizona state Senator Steve Gallardo responds on May 9, 2011 to the governor's announcement that the state will appeal to the United States Supreme Court a decision that put the most controversial parts of the state's immigration enforcement law on hold.
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Arizona state Senator Steve Gallardo responds on May 9, 2011 to the governor's announcement that the state will appeal to the United States Supreme Court a decision that put the most controversial parts of the state's immigration enforcement law on hold.

Immigration jail officers, who lost their federal power to check whether inmates are in the county illegally, give Sheriff Joe Arpaio a standing ovation after they turned in their credentials after federal officials pulled the Sheriff's office immigration
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Immigration jail officers, who lost their federal power to check whether inmates are in the county illegally, give Sheriff Joe Arpaio a standing ovation after they turned in their credentials after federal officials pulled the Sheriff's office immigration

Officers turn in their credentials after federal officials pulled the Sheriff's office immigration enforcement powers on December 21, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP)
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Officers turn in their credentials after federal officials pulled the Sheriff's office immigration enforcement powers on December 21, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP)

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