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Monday, October 17, 2005

No Jail Space for OTMs

From the Houston Chronicle:

More than 47,600 illegal border crossers from "countries other than Mexico," so called OTMs, have been caught in South Texas this year. But 42,000, or more than 88 percent, have been promptly released and most have simply melted into society, failing to show up for required immigration court hearings, according to the Texas governor's office.

Alarmed that OTMs from not only Central America but also such nations as Syria, Yemen and Iraq are being freed, Texas lawmakers last year demanded that the Bush administration do something.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry reiterated that concern last week when he unveiled a $9.7 million border security plan.

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