One impact the sour U.S. economy is having is that many illegal aliens are self-deporting. As unemployment rates increase among American workers, the availability of jobs for undocumented workers becomes smaller, and many are leaving the United States without any resistance from immigration authorities.
"When somebody is already showing that they intend to depart the United States, it doesn't serve any interest for us to serve them a notice to appear before an immigration court," said Lloyd Easterling, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in a Washington Post article. "That isn't good stewardship of tax dollars."
According to the Post article, one-way flights leaving the U.S. are being booked with local travel agents at an unprecedented pace. An agency in Takoma Park, Md. said it made up nearly 60 percent of its business earlier this year.
The article also reports increased travel requests being submitted at embassies, and at the airports, "airline agents and government officials describe increased winking and nodding as illegal immigrants 'self-deport' with no hassle from authorities."
Updated: Mon, Jul 13th 2009 @ 10:35am EDT