ALIENS: The Enterprising Border Jumpers

The 35,000 Vietnamese breadwinners who are legally entering the U.S. will scarcely make a dent in the job market. But the nation's unemployment problem is being aggravated by a far greater number of people who have slipped into the U.S. illegally, either by stealing across the borders or by overstaying their visas. Despite its economic and social difficulties, the U.S. remains the promised land—but only 400,000 people were able to immigrate legally last year. Many more successfully evaded the law, and they make up a monumental migraine for the understaffed and overburdened Immigration and Naturalization Service. In fiscal 1974, the...

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