Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ICE Reports FY2011 Removal Totals Of Illegal Aliens From The U.S.

ICE deported 396,906 undocumented immigrants including those convicted for driving under the influence in the U.S.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 18, 2011

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, John Morton, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a news release announced the agency's fiscal year 2011 year-end removal numbers highlighting trends that underscore the administration's focus on removing individuals from the country that fall into priority areas for enforcement. These priorities include the identification and removal of those that have broken criminal laws, threats to national security, recent border crossers, repeat violators of immigration law and immigration court fugitives.
Overall, in FY 2011 ICE's Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations removed 396,906 individuals, which is the largest number deported in the agency's history. Of these, nearly 55 percent or 216,698 of the people removed were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors, an 89 percent increase in the removal of criminals since FY 2008. This includes 1,119 aliens convicted of homicide; 5,848 aliens convicted of sexual offenses; 44,653 aliens convicted of drug related crimes; and 35,927 aliens convicted of driving under the influence.
ICE achieved similar results with regard to other categories prioritized for removal. Ninety percent of all ICE's removals fell into a priority category and more than two-thirds of the other removals in 2011 were either recent border crossers or repeat immigration violators.
ICE hasn't included a report about the number of at least 300,000 non-criminal immigration removal cases that are pending and under review. A policy enforcement by the Obama administration to review pending non-criminal removal cases has yet to yield estimates of those illegal aliens being granted temperary stays and immigration court hearings.
Janet Napolitano, Secretary from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that a group from the DHS and the U.S. Department of Justice will begin reviewing high and low priority cases within the next two to three weeks. The group will determine which individuals being detained fall under the guidelines for deportation and which individuals would be allowed to stay temperarily until their immigration cases get decided.

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