Self-deportation, also referred to as attrition through enforcement, is a comprehensive immigration strategy aimed at reducing the number of undocumented immigrants illegally residing in the United States. The process is executed through the enforcement of laws, at all levels, making it almost impossible for these individuals to participate in society. The strategy is based on the premise that if the federal government commits to enforcing existing immigration laws, if states and other local authorities take on additional immigration control responsibilities, and if the police, schools, employers, and other state agencies check for immigration and identification documents at routine encounters with the public, the costs and risks of staying in the United States will increase considerably for undocumented immigrants. The expectation is that undocumented immigrants will ...

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