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    U.S. deportations reach historic levels

    Washington (CNN) -- Nearly 400,000 people were deported from the United States in the past fiscal year, the largest number in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the government announced Tuesday.
    The year-end removal numbers "underscore the administration's focus on removing individuals ... that fall into priority areas" such as lawbreakers, threats to national security and repeat violators, the agency said in a news release.

    Overall in fiscal year 2011, immigration officials said, 396,906 individuals were removed. Of these, 216,698, nearly 55%, had been convicted of felonies or misdemeanors. That's an 89 percent increase of criminals from three years ago, the enforcement agency said.

    "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," it said.
    The percentage was even higher for some regions. In the sector that covers Houston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi, Texas, about 74% of the 20,450 removals were of people with criminal records, said Gregory Palmore of the agency's Houston office.

    "Smart and effective immigration enforcement relies on setting priorities for removal and executing on those priorities," said agency Director John Morton. "These year-end totals indicate that we are making progress, with more convicted criminals, recent border crossers, egregious immigration law violators and immigration fugitives being removed from the country than ever before. Though we still have work to do, this progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of thousands of ICE agents, officers and attorneys around the country."

    The government said 90% of the agency'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.

    The American Civil Liberties Union reacted to the announcement by again criticizing the Obama administration's emphasis on deportations.
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    Re: U.S. deportations reach historic levels

    Seems like it would be better to secure our border with Mexico so these people never get here and commit their crimes in the first place.

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    Re: U.S. deportations reach historic levels

    The record level of deportations doesn't necessarily mean America is more aggressive in its deportation policy. It may simply mean that there is a record number of illegal entries into the U.S.

    The ACLU is, once again, misguided, making errors of substance on the basis of inapplicable form. The ACLU would do well to keep in mind that those of other citizenship who violate America's border laws, drug-running laws, people-trafficing laws, identity fraud laws, employment laws, etc., etc., are supposed to be deported, at the very least.

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    Re: U.S. deportations reach historic levels

    Quote Originally Posted by Ontologuy View Post
    The record level of deportations doesn't necessarily mean America is more aggressive in its deportation policy. It may simply mean that there is a record number of illegal entries into the U.S.

    The ACLU is, once again, misguided, making errors of substance on the basis of inapplicable form. The ACLU would do well to keep in mind that those of other citizenship who violate America's border laws, drug-running laws, people-trafficing laws, identity fraud laws, employment laws, etc., etc., are supposed to be deported, at the very least.
    i don't think so. with 12M illegals already here......we've had plenty to deport in the past. we ARE more serious now.

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    Hopefully all those illegals served their full prison or jail sentences for their offenses before being deported back to their countries. The one thing we don't need is to be sending a message to illegals that you can commit crimes other than illegal immigration and just be given a ticket home.
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    Re: U.S. deportations reach historic levels

    Kudos to Obama for the crackdown.

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    Re: U.S. deportations reach historic levels

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    i don't think so. with 12M illegals already here......we've had plenty to deport in the past. we ARE more serious now.
    I would be interested to know the annual illegal immigration count per year since 1980 to the present, as that would shed more light on the matter.

    If we are indeed more serious now, I wonder if it's related to the national unemployement figure with regard to American citizens and legal immigrants being over 15%, regionally over 20%.

    It is somewhat strange that a more liberal administration would be cracking down on those whom they are hoping to make Democrats one day.

    If indeed there is a more serious effort being given to deportation, perhaps it's to help bring back stolen jobs to Americans. If that's the case, maybe the current administration's guilt got the better of them, caving to what's best in the national interest as opposed to what's best for the Democratic Party.

    By the way, I've seen liberals specify 10-12 million being the illegal immigrant count and conservatives specify over 30 million as the illegal immigrant count. Since the census is unreliable in this matter in its understatement, and who knows where the 30 million figure comes from, I can't help but think the correct figure is somewhere in between, around 20 million.

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    Sounds like a great start. Good move by the Obama Administration. I only wish they'd work on proactive measures along with the reactive ones.

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    Re: U.S. deportations reach historic levels

    Borders are as antiquated as the whole concept of nation-states. Free migration is a de facto right if not a legal one, and the US better come up with a viable solution but quick if it wants to have any information on or control over the 4% of the human population within its borders that are not legal residents. Deporting 12,000,000 men, women, and children is not a viable option. Chalk this up to reason #756 real progressives are NOT on team Obama: anti-immigrant.
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    Re: U.S. deportations reach historic levels

    Quote Originally Posted by nijato View Post
    Borders are as antiquated as the whole concept of nation-states. Free migration is a de facto right if not a legal one, and the US better come up with a viable solution but quick if it wants to have any information on or control over the 4% of the human population within its borders that are not legal residents. Deporting 12,000,000 men, women, and children is not a viable option. Chalk this up to reason #756 real progressives are NOT on team Obama: anti-immigrant.
    Um, no. No government in the middle east wants your crap in their country.

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