Majority of Undocumented Workers Caught are Deported: Report

Most New Yorkers detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency were deported, according to a new report released on Monday.

From October 2005 through December 2010, ICE arrested 34,000 immigrants in New York City. Of those, 91 percent — or 31,239 — were ordered to leave the country.

The data was obtained by the New York University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic through a Freedom of Information Act request on behalf of two immigration advocacy groups.

A breakdown by boroughs found that of those deported, 35 percent were from Queens, 29 percent from Brooklyn, 19 percent from the Bronx and 14 percent from Manhattan. This ranking corresponds to the population of foreign born in the boroughs — with Queens having the most and Manhattan the least.

The numbers are also consistent with some research which has shown that a relatively small number of the country’s 11.5 million undocumented immigrants is arrested. However, a relatively high percentage of those who are arrested end up being deported.

Under the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has said it is refocusing its efforts on deporting those with criminal convictions. Since last year, ICE has been exercising prosecutorial discretion, allowing arrested undocumented immigrants with strong family ties and clean records to stay in the country. The Department of Homeland Security announced in June that young undocumented immigrants who satisfy certain criteria would be eligible to avoid deportation and apply for two-year work permits.