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Deportations For Illegal Immigrants Up By Nearly 40 Percent

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The numbers show close to 2,000 more deportations this year than last year. This means more than 7,000 illegal immigrants were sent back to their home countries in Washington, Oregon and Alaska combined.

These numbers are for the last nine months. Staff at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency say most of the deportations are due to a recent expansion of the Criminal Alien Program.

"We do work sight enforcement and we have been recently over in up north of Seattle, and aerospace manufacturer, but those are long term investigations that we do looking at identity fraud and looking at knowingly hiring illegal immigrants," said Lorie Dankers, Spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE also says out of 7,000 people who were deported nearly 2,000 of them had committed a criminal offense. But that's not the case for everyone.

Other ways the agency has tracked down illegal immigrants is by checking court records, for those who were already called to court by an immigration judge and failed to show up.