From this morning's New York Times
270 Illegal Immigrants Sent to Prison in Federal Push
By JULIA PRESTON
Published: May 24, 2008
Immigrants arrested in an Iowa raid faced tough criminal charges instead of rapid deportation, signaling a sharp escalation in a Bush administration crackdown.
With the average annual cost per federal prisoner being somewhere around $24,000, is this really where we want our tax dollars and resources going? To imprison a bunch of Guatemalans just because they want to work?
Something is amiss.