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Deportation Rate Shows Big Decline Since Change in Federal Policy

By February 13, 2012

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An analysis of the federal government's new review policy for deportations suggests that more undocumented immigrants are being allowed to stay in the country while their cases are being resolved.

During the last three months of 2011, deportation orders fell to an historic low, according to the Transactional Records Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. Roughly 51% of the cases before the nation's Immigration Courts ended with individuals ordered removed, down from 56% the previous quarter.

The TRAC analysis found that just under two out of every three cases (64.8%) ended in either ordered or voluntary removals, the lowest rate recorded during the past two decades.

In August, the Obama administration announced it was shifting deportation policy to concentrate on removing undocumented immigrants with criminal records, rather than those who only violated immigration laws. The policy change appears to be making a mark.

The Syracuse researchers used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the Immigration Courts case records for their analysis.


February 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(1) Otto says:

If deportation concentration will be towards illegals with criminal records than it would just about include all of them as most illegal immigrants have not only violated our immigration laws but also falsify their identity to get jobs. But it doesn’t stop there, as most of those who falsify their identity use identity theft to obtain social security numbers that will allow them to obtain drivers license and work. So, if the proper investigation is done, most illegal immigrants would be deported. Could you imagine if an amnisty is approved that did not take into account depriving those who have used your social security number to purchase a house, get credit, buy a car, get a license or commit criminal activity? At that point, we would be granting amnisty to criminals, unquestionably. Are you just going to do nothing?

February 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm
(2) adam says:

i think they liveed and suffered alot to settle down and have strong bond in this country .they should be moe merciful an d more and give those people the place to live and start their life in peace…we all will leave the earth we should do something good before we leave it so it wont spread hate and fights among races…

February 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm
(3) John says:

Wow, I had not thought of that. Indeed, any illegal immigrant that has a job (is on payroll) must have a Social Security Number and illegal immigrants are not issued SSNs by our SS Administration. Consequently, the number they use is falcified (made-up) or stolen (from an existing person). That automatically makes it a Federal crime. So providing amnesty to those who have no criminal record is not the right criterial as they may be committing a criminal act or activity now by using a falcified or stolen SSN. Therefore, if we grant amnesty to those illegal immigrants, we would be in effect granting amnesty to illegal immigrants who are committing or have committed a crime. I can’t imagine what would happen to me if I was caught providing a falsified ID or using a SSN that was not mine. Does anyone know? I believe I would be charged with a crime! Why shouldn’t the milliones of illegal immigrants that are falcifying their identity and using facified or stolen SSN. Maybe we should publically post the effects to those people who have had their SSN tampered with. Not a pleasant experience, it could bring you down financially and ruine your life. What about these victims? Time to be honest with the public and treat criminals as such.

February 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(4) Tabitha says:

Otto and John: I completely agree!

February 21, 2012 at 11:36 am
(5) John says:

Tabitha, it is all about the rule of law, the foundation of our nation, perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of our country. We are a nation of immigrants and take pride in it, but we are a nation of legal immigrants, we respect the law and those aliens in our country should learn to respect our laws too and we have the moral obligation to make sure they do. The least we can expect from our government is that they assure our laws are respected.

February 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm
(6) Dolores says:

About the rule of law and the foundation of our country, ok, whatever. We are not a country of “legal immigrants” and should not expect respect for our laws from other immigrants. How quickly we forget that the early English invaders killed the indians in America, (their country) and took their land. Where does the rule of law fit into that? Americans are the worst hypocrites in the world, stealing and wrangling from others everything they can and waving their hegemony like a symbol of pride. The fact that we consume over 50% of the world’s resources even though we have a small fraction of the world’s population is more telling of who we really are!

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