Deportations at Record High
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Just weeks before the November election, the Obama administration has announced a record number of arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants, countering attacks by Republicans that Democrats have not been tough on the immigration issue.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported 392,000 individuals in fiscal year 2010, of whom 195,000 were convicted criminals, including 64,000 who were convicted of aggravated felonies. The criminal removals represented a 70% increase over the previous year.
The overall number of deportations was less than the unofficial quota of 400,000 that ICE has set for its agents, according to The Washington Post, but it did top the George W. Bush administration record of 349,041 set in 2008.
Secretary Napolitano Announces Record-Breaking Immigration Enforcement Statistics Achieved under the Obama Administration (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
Obama Administration Touts Record-Setting Deportation Figures (by Susan Carroll, Houston Chronicle)
Immigration Officials Set Deportation Quotas, Shifting Focus from Dangerous Illegal Immigrants (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)
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