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Perry Urges Feds to Halt Immigrant Transfer Program

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    Illegal immigrants in the custody of Immigration Customs Enforcement.

    Gov. Rick Perry has sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the federal government to stop its plans to transport illegal immigrants from other states into Texas solely for the purpose of deportation.
     
    Perry sent the letter Saturday calling the proposed effort "unnecessarily burdensome and costly to taxpayers."

    A statement from Perry's office said the Alien Transfer and Exit Program is scheduled to begin Sunday and would transport more than 34,000 illegal aliens per year through Presidio.
     
    Calls and e-mails Saturday made by The Associated Press to the secretary's office seeking comment weren't immediately returned.