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US Deports Record Number of Undocumented Immigrants

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Obama administration deported a record number of undocumented immigrants for the third consecutive year, according to data released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday.

From October 2010 through September 2011, ICE removed 396,906 individuals from the country — about 4,000 more than in the previous fiscal year. Nearly 55 percent of those deported were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors, the agency said.

There were 7,011 undocumented immigrants removed from New York state.

“Smart and effective immigration enforcement relies on setting priorities for removal and executing on those priorities," ICE director John Morton said in a statement. "These year-end totals indicate that we are making progress, with more convicted criminals … being removed from the country than ever before.”

The agency emphasized its focus on criminal aliens came as a result of implementation of programs such as Secure Communities, which was rolled out in October 2008 with the aim of removing serious criminal offenders from the country. But data showed that low-level offenders, as well as those without criminal convictions, were getting caught up in the program.

In June, Governor Andrew Cuomo withdrew New York from Secure Communities after "mounting evidence" showed that it failed its stated goal of deporting serious felons. Illinois and Massachusetts also pulled out of the program.

ICE said earlier this year that state and local jurisdictions could not terminate their participation in Secure Communities and plans nationwide activation of the program by 2013.

Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, in a statement to WNYC, criticized the administration’s deportation policy.

“These numbers are illustrative of an administration that’s been a bit schizophrenic on immigration matters,” Lieberman said. “The administration is trying to position itself as a champion of comprehensive immigration reform while it’s deporting record numbers of immigrants at the same time. Something doesn’t add up.”

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Mark

Well, it's unfortunate that the failed schools in the south leave Americans without the ability to earn more than third world refugees but I don't see how creating an authoritarian centralized system that decides who can work and where is the answer.

Oct. 18 2011 10:59 PM
Dave Francis from Indianapolis, IN

NOTHING--can aid the American worker as a mandated E-Verify program, which will start reducing illegal immigration into this country. If unlawful aliens cannot get jobs, they will self-deport. Families with no bread winner or anybody unable to work will begin moving out the country. Extensive enforcement as in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia and other states who will soon follow; this is a prime example how policing enforcement works. Thousands or perhaps hundreds of thousands are making a mass exodus and what is whispered as Sanctuary cities and states, will find they are the destination.. Federal E-Verify will accelerate even more illegal demoralized people packing up and heading out--going to who knows where? Removing upwards of 25 million illegal entries will take time, but with money they have previously saved, they will have funds across the borders or in far off lands to maintain a lucrative living. This is not a fallacy as somewhere in the region of $46 BILLION DOLLARS leave the country every year to foreign banks and families. If you look who is against the "THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” and not just the Communist founded ACLU, open-border zealots, but profit inspired organizations as corporate agriculture, and thousands of businesses who use cheap labor to pack their bank accounts.

Rep. Lamar Smith's "THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” insures a better future for layers of low income Americans, all the way through middle management jobs. This is not anti-Hispanic, anti-Asian or anti-any race of people? This is simple economics, which by removing foreign nationals who have settled here illegally, with millions of jobs replaced by Citizens and authorized residents. By Reading the non-oriented Liberal press, with irrefutable evidence that companies who lose their illegal alien workforce, are now serving lines of hungry Americans, lined up for the very jobs vacated by foreign nationals. This is very visual where (ICE) suddenly descends on businesses that have been caught in the act or where a Whistle Blower has informed the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. Every legible American must conform to an I-9 audit form, supplied by the business where he seeks work. Under a more rigorous law as”THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” (Bill H.R. 2885) it will help control who arrives in this sovereign nation.

Oct. 18 2011 06:48 PM

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