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The Administration Deports Record Number of Illegal Immigrants

Monday, December 24, 2012

Immigration advocates protest the activation of Secure Communities. (Mirela Iverac/WNYC)

The Obama administration deported a record number of illegal immigrants for the fourth year in a row, according to the numbers released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).

In fiscal year 2012, 409,849 people were removed from the country. That’s 13,000 more compared to the previous year.

“Smart and effective immigration enforcement relies on setting priorities for removal and executing on those priorities,” said John Morton, the director of ICE.

According to the agency, 55 percent of those deported were convicted of felonies and misdemeanors. ICE considers this a success, as it has focused on using its limited resources to remove convicted criminals.

Immigration advocates say the numbers for the most serious convictions are too low and that ICE’s policies are splitting families apart.

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Comments [2]

Philip

Most of the businesses they are refering to are hispanic owned.
9% of the 30 million business in the U.S. are Hispanic owned business.
That is about 2.7 million businesses. They produce about 400 billion
in revenue. Sounds pretty good so far.
Well the 500 largest companies in the U.S. produce about 12 trillion
dollars in revenue and all 30 million businesses in the U.S.
produce 25 trillion dollars in revenue. So all these immigrant
owned business only represent 2% of the U.S. GDP.
If they closed it would have almost no effect on the U.S.
economy

Dec. 25 2012 02:04 PM
lgjhere from usa

An interesting new book that helps explain the role, struggles, and contributions of immigrants and minorities is "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, business, language and more.” It paints a revealing picture of America for those who will benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it also informs Americans who want to learn more about the U.S. and how we compare to other countries around the world on many issues.
As the book points out, immigrants and minorities are a major force in America, as the GOP recently discovered. Immigrants and the children they bear account for 60 percent of our nation’s population growth and own 11 percent of US businesses and are 60 percent more likely to start a new business than native-born Americans. They represent 17 percent of all new business owners (in some states more than 30 percent). Foreign-born business owners generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California and nearly one-fifth in the states of New York, Florida, and New Jersey.
Legal immigrants number 850,000 each year; undocumented (illegal) immigrants are estimated to be half that number. They come to improve their lives and create a foundation of success for their children to build upon, as did the author’s grandparents when they landed at Ellis Island in 1899 after losing 2 children to disease on a cramped cattle car-like sailing from Europe. Many bring skills and a willingness to work hard to make their dreams a reality, something our founders did four hundred years ago. In describing America, chapter after chapter identifies “foreigners” who became successful in the US and contributed to our society. However, most struggle in their efforts and need guidance, be they in the UK or Anytown, USA. Perhaps intelligent immigration reform, concerned citizens and books like this can extend a helping hand. Here’s a closing quote from the book’s Introduction: “With all of our cultural differences though, you’ll be surprised to learn how much our countries—and we as human beings—have in common on this third rock from the sun called Earth. After all, the song played at our Disneyland parks around the world is ‘It’s A Small World After All.’” www.AmericaAtoZ.com

Dec. 25 2012 12:53 PM

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