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December 10th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

Boston Globe reports shocking holes in U.S. immigration system; reporter Maria Sacchetti broke the story about 'secrecy' of system

A new investigative report in the Boston Globe reveals shocking holes in the U.S. immigration system. According to the series, the U.S. government is quietly releasing thousands of dangerous illegal immigrants, including murderers and rapists, back onto American streets, because their home countries won't take them back. All this while detaining harmless and often sick immigrants for months at a time. Maria Sacchetti is the reporter for the Boston Globe who broke this story. She joins “Early Start” live from Boston this morning.

The names of the immigrant offenders are classified. The immigration system has “always said that they believe this is a private matter, that they need to protect the immigrant’s privacy,” Sacchetti reports, “so they won’t release the criminals’ names.”

Sacchetti says the Globe's report thus focuses on the secrecy of the immigration system. "Immigration has become the largest law enforcement system in the country. And very much unlike the police or the FBI, they operate largely in secret. So their arrests are secret. Their detentions are secret."

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