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Immigration enforcement varies widely in U.S.

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
U.S. immigration law is not being enforced consistently, and among several jurisdictions studied, Los Angeles County is unique.

A new non-partisan report finds that in parts of the U.S., especially the southeast, illegal immigrants who commit even minor offenses are more likely to be turned over to the feds for deportation.

In other places, only illegal immigrants who commit serious felonies usually get deported.

In Los Angeles, suspected illegal immigrants who are arrested for other crimes usually don't even have their immigration status checked, unless they are convicted of something.