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March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the U.S. in May will open a detention center to house families caught illegally crossing the border, ending the practice of releasing some of those caught into the U.S.
The U.S. will speed the deportation process by stepping up pressure on the illegal aliens' home countries to accept their return, he said.
Chertoff, in a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, also said he's heading up a lobbying effort to abolish an ``almost 20-year-old'' court order that slows the deportation of illegal Salvadoran aliens. The ruling was made when Salvadorans were fleeing their country during a civil war.
Yeah well, I hope this bill not only passes, but gets enforced tougher than ever seen before. May the penalties be swift, unforgiving, and harsh.