published Monday, March 7th, 2011

Success in Whitfield County

Whitfield County, Ga., not far down Interstate 75 from Chattanooga, has long had a serious problem with illegal immigration. But there was a bit of good news recently when authorities in Whitfield County reported an increase in deportations of illegal aliens.

From 2009 to 2010, there was an approximately 50 percent increase in the number of immigration violators processed for deportation, said Capt. Wes Lynch. The number rose from 400 in 2009 to 609 last year.

Lynch heads the Whitfield County branch of a federal program operating in 25 states that identifies and deports illegal aliens after they come into contact with law enforcement because of crimes, traffic violations and so forth. Four counties in Georgia and one — Davidson — in Tennessee take part in the program.

Nationwide, the program, which operates under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, deported roughly 30,000 illegal aliens between October 2009 and September 2010.

That shows our immigration laws can work — if they are enforced.

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »


Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.