Tom Ridge, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a Sep. 10, 2006 Washington Times opinion article titled "Immigration and Security," wrote:

“[T]he debate we are engaged in presently is a good and necessary one. However, a solution based solely on enforcement is not… The current flow of illegal immigrants and visa overstayers has made it extremely difficult for our border and interior enforcement agencies… Despite a record performance on deportations from ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] the past two years, at current rates it would take nearly 70 years to deport all of the estimated 11 million people living here illegally, even if not a single new illegal alien entered our territory. Attempting to deport everybody is neither feasible nor wise.”

Sep. 10, 2006