ICE Announces 400,000 Deportations in 2011
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton today announced the number of people deported from the U.S. in fiscal year 2011 (which ended in September.) The total, which is the highest number yet: 400,000. (ICE press release here.)
According to ICE, "55 percent of the 396,906 individuals deported had felony or misdemeanor convictions." It could not answer how many of the felonies were immigration offenses like illegal re-entry which don't require the commission of a separate crime:
Individuals can be convicted of a felony just for returning to the U.S. or being found in the U.S. after the government orders them to leave.
Of those 55%:
Among those deported were more than 1,000 people convicted of homicide. Another 5,800 were sexual offenders, and about 80,000 people convicted of drug related crimes or driving under the influence.
That's 87,000 people. What about the other 313,000?
Here's Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's letter in May, 2011 rejecting Secure Communities, and stating that as of February, 2011, only 30% of those deported had any criminal record.
As you'll see on Frontline tonight in its documentary, Lost in Detention:
[The Obama] administration is doubling down on Secure Communities. In August, it announced that state participation in the program is mandatory and earlier this month, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made it clear the program isn’t going away. Opposition to Secure Communities has led DHS to make adjustments to the program, instructing ICE on using prosecutorial discretion [PDF]. It’s also promised to review some 300,000 pending deportation cases. But ICE director John Morton has said he intends to implement the program nationwide by 2013.
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