Feds: self-deportation of immigrants didn't work

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- U.S. authorities are vowing to track down illegal immigrants at home and at work after only eight people volunteered for a self-deportation program.

The nearly three-week trial program for illegal immigrants who have ignored court orders to leave the country ends later Friday in five cities.

Jim Hayes, acting director of detention and removal operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told reporters Friday the agency would arrest more so-called immigrant "fugitives" this year than last -- and still more next year as more agents are assigned.

Hayes said agents would continue to enforce immigration law by knocking on the doors of illegal immigrants' homes and workplaces.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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