Illegal immigration was such a major story in 2007 (46 reports) that it is amazing how rapidly it has disappeared from the news in 2008, once legislation to grant residency to the visaless was defeated in the Senate. Dan Harris' report for ABC's A Closer Look on ICE deportations was astonishingly only the third story on the topic all year, only the 21st in 2008 with an immigration angle of any kind. Harris flew along as a plane full of deportees was shipped home to El Salvador at a federal cost of $680 a seat, returning home empty. Harris stayed in central America to trace David Garcia's return home. Garcia had left two citizen children behind in the United States but can now embrace his peasant poppa for the first time in 16 years.
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