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Wednesday, November 23, 2005
  Chertoff wheezes and strains, and somehow manages to work part of his head out of his ass. About Time!
Top News Article | Reuters.com: "The notice serves as a travel document allowing its holder past Border Patrol checkpoints on the roads leading from the border to the interior. Most OTMs do not show up for their hearing and meld into the population.

Known as 'catch and release', the practice has become part of an increasingly acrimonious debate over immigration policy and border security, an issue likely to loom large in Congress, next year's mid-term elections and the 2008 presidential poll.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said last month his department's aim was to 'return every single entrant -- no exceptions' but gave no deadline. Mexicans are usually returned immediately -- and most of them try again, some within hours.

Along the border, agents say ending the practice will take time and depends on how quickly the government can build additional detention space told hold OTMs before they are sent to their home countries.

OTMs were a relatively minor problem until 2003, when word of the loophole spread and triggered a growing flood -- including thousands of Brazilians inspired by a popular soap opera, 'America,' whose sultry star plays an illegal immigrant who swam the Rio Grande and made good in the United States."
 
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