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This article from the Washington Post today highlights one of the rarely discussed aspects of undocumented immigration: that once you’re in the U.S., you are very unlikely to be apprehended and deported. As the article points out, it is only when these men and women make themselves known to the authorities, usually after the committ a crime, that they are at risk of being kicked out of the country. This suggests that, at least on one level, the system already has a means to separate out those who want to work from those who want to committ crimes.

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