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Immigration watch new strategy to crack down on illegals is getting the -- pretty quick.
Immigration officials said pilot program allowing illegal immigrants to turn themselves in.
To agents if they don't have a criminal record is now officially.
Over about a half million people were eligible for.
Eight signed up for it.
Joining me now is married juvenile his record advocacy for the national immigration form -- for being with us.
Thank you for having me are you surprised that eight out of the half million -- cup.
Now I'm not really surprised it was.
Very ill conceived program it was very.
Very much sort of I think a response to very bad public relations.
Events that happened drive the number of massive raid but it scared people and in -- in many ways that count.
And though it's not surprising that a program that basically gives people the opportunity to.
Go forward register with -- and then.
And felt the port right would have much.
Nobody and that's what the argument is that you know the the illegals that would of the the problems as they.
They get picked up these rates and then they get separated from their families this would allow families to stay together.
To be sent back to the country and then have -- be able to sign a free legal path into the US now folks are arguing.
They don't want to be here legally they want to stay illegal.
That's not what people are hearing at all first of all this particular program.
With only aimed at people who already had a final removal order and so the vast majority of people that you're talking about it that you're characterizing that way or people who.
We want to be legal that they can that they simply aren't enough.
Legal avenues available and then they're faced with the really difficult choice.
Trying fear upon -- possible to support their families that they can't.
Or take the risk that they'll keep working and may get caught in the rain but you know.
So the real shame about this program is there's absolutely nothing that would prevent ice from.
Doing this even in the context of the enforcement rates that there there undertaking right now you don't get any I -- one.
Excuse -- setting them back.
You know you think it it you don't give somebody ninety days to get their affairs in order.
Work with their families figure out what's right for them even within camera that'll work but item but they never show up and they they give us chances I hear the story if they don't -- for deportation.
Well you know I've worked for Diana Sanford -- -- -- numbers -- senate obviously much more complicated than that in fact.
People did show up in the morning that they have connections to the community.
The morning a possibility that they might have relieved for removal.
The more likely they are -- -- show up and Bo it's it's complicated married juvenile thank you very much for being with us.
Thank you and thank you all for watching there.
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