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Illegals Arrested

The Arizona Republic newspaper report of 577,000 illegal immigrant arrests for 2005 is for Arizona only. The correct number for the full southwest border is 1,171,387. This was my oversight and I regret the error. (See "Border Patrol Arrests".)

Immigration reporter Daniel Gonzalez points out that many of the arrests are of people repeatedly attempting to sneak into America, so simply multiplying arrests by the Border Patrol estimate of how many get in for each one caught (between one in two and one in four), along with other factors, does not provide an accurate guess for illegal entries annually.

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