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Friday, August 20, 2004

More illegal immigrants with criminal records caught at the border (11,000)

August 20, 2004
A computerized fingerprinting system is credited with apprehending nearly four times more illegal immigrants with criminal or immigration records trying to enter through Arizona.

Since October, the Border Patrol says agents patrolling the Tucson sector have apprehended nearly eleven-thousand people who were wanted by local authorities or had been convicted of crimes or immigration violations.

The majority of people were detected by a digital scanning fingerprint system that lets agents check both criminal and immigration records simply by scanning the fingers on both hands. The system wasn't available to the entire Tucson sector until this year. It was installed at the Border Patrol's busiest stations first. ... FR Reprint.

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