Kansas Included in Immigrant Deportation Hot Spot

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CHICAGO - The number of illegal immigrants deported from a six-state area that includes Kansas and Missouri has nearly doubled over the past four years.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement figures released today show nearly 11,200 illegal immigrants were deported through Chicago in
the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. That's up from about 6,600 during
the same period in 2004.

The numbers also include immigrants from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Deportations have increased nationwide also. Nearly 350,000 were deported this year compared with about 174,000 in 2004.

ICE assistant secretary Julie Myers credits more aggressive tactics for the increase. But she has said more time is needed to tell if deportations deter illegal immigration.