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Only then will Americans stop being victims of needless — and preventable — crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Only then will taxpayers stop getting hit with the costs of tracking down and incarcerating (and feeding, providing medical care for, etc.) people who violate the law to get here. As the GAO study suggests, a large number of those who break the law to enter our country keep on breaking it once they arrive.

Hans A. von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a former Justice Department official.