STUDY FINDS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS STAY IN U.S. DUE TO TIGHT BORDER
WATSONVILLE — Stepped-up security along the U.S.-Mexico border has caused more illegal immigrants to remain in the United States because they can no longer move freely between here and their home countries.
That, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, and beefed-up patrols have done little to plug the porous border — with an estimated 850,000 illegal immigrants arriving each year since 2000.
"I think we need policymakers to come up with some kind of solution so the people who are here — the honest, hard-working people — can pass freely, and they can do so without being put in any kind of physical or legal jeopardy," said Doug Keegan, program director of the Watsonville-based Santa Cruz County Immigration Project.
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