More Costa Ricans Caught at U.S. Border

October 28, 2005

APPROXIMATELY 700 CostaRicans were detained while trying tocross the U.S. border illegally betweenJanuary and the beginning of July, thedaily La Nación reported.The number indicates a 200% increaseover 2002, when 233 Costa Ricans weredetained after making the illegal crossing,and a steady rise from 2003 (382 cases) and2004 (450 cases), according to the daily.Although the number is still smallcompared to other countries, Costa Rica isnow ranked 10th among non-Mexicancountries in terms of the number of illegalimmigrants captured at the border, andfifth in growth rates.

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