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Deportation gets faster for some


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WASHINGTON – The Bush administration announced yesterday it will speed up deportation proceedings against thousands of non-Mexican immigrants who illegally try to enter the United States through Mexico and Canada.

At a briefing for reporters, Homeland Security Department Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson said the administration was frustrated with the deportation process of non-Mexican immigrants caught at the borders.

Ten percent of the 28,000 illegal immigrants issued court summonses during the last 16 months showed up in court, Hutchinson said.

The new policy applies just to non-Mexican immigrants apprehended within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders. Under the new policy, non-Mexican immigrants nabbed by Border Patrol agents will be deported within about a week.

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