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Enforcement turns up heat on illegal immigrants

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The Dispatch wrote Tougher enforcement turns up heat on illegal immigrants 

Sunday, September 7, 2008

BY JILL RIEPENHOFF AND STEPHANIE CZEKALINSKI

The young woman climbed into a van with a man she had paid $6,500 to take her out of El Salvador and smuggle her into the United States. Destination? Columbus, where her brothers settled a few years ago to work.

After a year in Columbus, the 25-year-old immigrant has yet to settle comfortably. She knows little English, has no savings and isn’t sure whom to trust if she’s in trouble.

Maria asked The Dispatch not to use her full name or identify her employer for fear of retribution. Like other Latinos living in Ohio illegally – as many as 145,000 – she worries that any encounter with a stranger could lead to deportation.

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