Majority of Undocumented Workers Caught are Deported: Report

Monday, July 23, 2012

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.


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Many are here but of the few detained many are deported. Here's something about Alabama that seems pertinent (from October 2011).
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A tough new Alabama law targets illegal immigrants and sends families fleeing By Pamela Constable, Published: October 8


Maria said: " . . . I cannot believe this is God’s will. . . ." and in this she may well be right, but it is the will of the State of Alabama, belatedly doing something that's right. Had officials in D.C. from Potus on down done their jobs well, she would not now be in the unhappy condition on which her mind now tends to dwell.

It is sad when non-enforcement of the law leads those breaking it to believe they were not weaving a tangled web that would ultimately entrap them, when first they practiced to deceive. The fate of Maria and others like her, today, in Alabama should serve to alert (or remind) counterparts in the nation that while the mills of the gods (and law enforcement) grind slowly they also are capable of grinding exceedingly fine; also of the wisdom of the late, Muhammad Ali, who said "(one) can run but (s/he) can't hide (forever)."

Homes built on the sinking sand of illegality can't long stand if not given foundational support by officials who do not honor (and enforce rigorously) the law of the land. How refreshing it would be if those in the Congress who now oppose E-Verify were like the State of Alabama, for law enforcement to take a strong stand.

The realistic view, unfortunately, is that they'll probably continue to contribute to the ultimate plight of folks here illegally--and the nation as a whole-- by continued failure to mandate their prompt detection-detention-deportation as national (3-D) policy.

Policies designed to permit temporary periods of authorized ("legal") residence of folks from south of the border (primarily) to contractually perform designated jobs, with the condition that they return home at termination of the contract, surely can be devised to serve the interests of employers, individual and corporate, by elected officials in this sovereign nation--many of whom appear to prefer aiding and abetting illegality in order to serve the venal interests of certain constituents.

Jul. 24 2012 08:14 PM
Frank Schorn from Glendale, NY

Your headline is deceptive. As I understand the report, the survey covered New Yorkers, whether they worked or not. Some are minors; others are elderly; many cannot find work.

Many New Yorkers who are deported have been lawful permanent residents (or otherwise had lawful status) but were ordered removed due to criminal convictions (even from many years before.) Immigration is a complicated issue, and the facts need more attention.

This report does underline the need for more and better representation of individuals facing removal in Immigration Court proceedings

Jul. 24 2012 06:40 AM

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