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INS DEPORTATIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS SOAR DURING 1996

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The number of illegal immigrants deported so far this year is higher than the total for all of 1995, the Immigration and Naturalization Service says.

During the first 10 months of fiscal 1996, the INS sent an estimated 54,362 aliens out of the country, surpassing the 50,200 deported in fiscal 1995, INS General Counsel David A. Martin said during a news conference Thursday.Illegal aliens convicted of committing crimes in this country made up 29,207 of the total. The rest - 25,155 - were noncriminal deportations: for example, immigrants caught working at U.S. businesses.

Those deported were arrested by the INS and ordered to leave by an immigration judge after full hearings.

That does not include an estimated 1 million people caught trying to cross U.S. borders each year and simply turned back by border patrol officers.