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Minnesota cracks down on illegal immigrants


By Candice Dehnbostel

More workplace raids and door-to-door searches for illegal immigrants are planned in Minnesota after an increase in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices budget, reported The Associated Press.

The agency’s national funding for detention and removal of illegal immigrants increased from $1.6 billion in 2006 to $3.8 billion in 2007, reported The Associated Press.

The agency’s regional office in Bloomington, Minn., will be able to hire more agents, plus buy vehicles and computers because of the budget increase, reported the Star Tribune. The Bloomington office covers Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

The Bloomington office arrested 690 people in the past six months, compared to 455 people last year, reported the Star Tribune. The rise in arrests is due to more agents recently hired