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Obama Quietly Shifts Immigration Enforcement Emphasis to Dangerous Criminals

The new strategy isn't pleasing activists on either side of the issue.

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Some experts say that deporting all 10 million people living in the United States illegally, if that were possible at all, would take 20 years and more than $50 billion in taxpayer money. But King, who is likely to become chair of the immigration subcommittee if Republicans gain control of the House in January, is undaunted.

"If that were the formula that got us to the point where we'd re-established the rule of law, I would support that," he said. "I think that's going to be about $8 (annually) a person for every American. I think that's a pretty cheap price to pay to reestablish the rule of law."

Marcus Stern had worked for Copley News Service in Washington, D.C. since 1983. In 2006, he shared the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for his role in breaking the story of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's wide-ranging corruption. A version of this article previously appeared in USA Today.

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