Looks like a couple thousand illegals got busted.
I see two fundamental bennies with this, on the side of the administration.
1. It's great air cover for Bush's two-pronged approach on illegal immigration. It's a lot easier to push some pro-active measures, with weekly news of busts.
2. This is the finest air cover a career ICE agent could possibly want. Want to demonstrate that you're satisfying the taxpayer demands? Deport, deport, deport. This is one of those few situations where all you have to do is show a number.
Gee, Phil, your department deported 1400 illegals this year. Not bad… but Bob's guys took almost 5000 out of circulation… I'm sorry, I know you've really wanted this job… but I have to give Bob the slot. There's another one coming up in six months — if you can get your numbers up, I'd love to see you apply for it.
It's not often that Taxpayer Demands so neatly accord with Bureaucratic Nirvana. Expect to see a lot more busts.