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A front-page story in U-T San Diego on Monday says the immigration reform bill has a provision for some deportees to be able to return to the United States through a waiver. Some members of Congress oppose the provision, placed in the bill by the Senate Gang of Eight.
Experts told the paper that if the provision stays in, it still will likely remain quite difficult to gain an I-212 waiver to return.
The story by Elizabeth Aguilera and Sandra Dibble said State Department data showed "it exempted at least 1,082 disqualifying reasons in reviewing applications for return visas" last year while the Department of Homeland Security "reported a record 409,849 deportations." There were 396,906 deportations the year before. The paper said it was not able to gain information from DHS and and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on how many I-212 waivers they had granted.
The paper also cited a study by the Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana that found that in 2011, 33.1% of deportees in to Mexico surveyed identified themselves as U.S. residents, up from 6.3% in 2007. In 2011, more than 17% said "they had lived in the U.S. for six to 12 years," a tremendous increase from the 1.7% in 2007.