A recent U.S. government report showed that American authorities increased their inspections of job sites for undocumented workers four-fold over the past two years.
Government figures show that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted 2,746 such inspections last year compared with 503 in 2008, according to AFP.
The report, which was submitted to Congress, was prepared by ICE’s deputy head Kumar Kibble, who noted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has “fundamentally reformed immigration enforcement.” DHS oversees the work conducted by ICE, according to the news source.
This changing of strategies in immigration enforcement has lead to a record number of undocumented workers being removed from the U.S. over the past two years, Kibble said.
The news provider reports that many immigration advocacy groups have criticized the government’s new approach to enforcement, deeming it heavy-handed.
The Associated Press reports that it cost the U.S. government nearly $5 billion to deport undocumented aliens in 2010. Authorities deported almost 393,000 people who were not living in America lawfully last year at a cost of about $12,500 per person.