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Record numbers for deportations in five-state region

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement officials are reporting record numbers of deportations of illegal immigrants in a five-state region, including Iowa.

4,900 illegal immigrants were deported in fiscal year 2008 in the states of Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.

That's up 20 percent from last year.

About 2,100 of those who returned to their native countries in 2008 had prior criminal convictions.

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