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Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Breaks Another Record in 2012

By December 24, 2012

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Federal immigration officials have set another record for deportations, according to statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security last week.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they deported 409,849 immigrants during fiscal year 2012, an increase over the 396,906 deported during the previous year. In 2010, the government deported about 392,000.

ICE Director John Morton says the agency is concentrating on removing priority cases -- generally, those illegal immigrants with criminal records. Morton said that 96% of the removals were in the priority category, and about 55% of deportations overall involved immigrants with felony or misdemeanor convictions.

Morton said "the 2012 removals indicated that we continue to make progress in focusing resources on criminal and priority aliens, with more convicted criminals being removed from the country than ever before."

The Obama administration has said it wants to shift deportation priorities away from illegal immigrants without criminal records and target those with more serious offenses instead.

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December 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm
(1) rked says:

“….say they deported 409,849…”

yes But that piddling number IS a drop in the bucket compared to the 12-20+ Million ILLEGAL squatters currently here….And we Know this so-called prez. likes to “Fudge” the F.A.C.T.S., nuff said!!!!

December 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm
(2) sandra ash says:

no i dont agree on deporting espescially the innocents that doesnt deserve this which i know he doesnt nothing wrong its the law thats not looking close enough or good enough n just want to make people suffer for nothing give people a break why dont yall theres people out here getting away with murder n not being caught n nothing getting done abou ft it and now this people wanna jump all over this for what? nothing its not fair i am saying there is alot of illegals here but mine is not

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Yes, there are many people living in the U.S. illegally, however, did you know that quite a few of them are children who have been living here almost their whole lives and are striving to have an education and a promising future. Not all illegal immigrants are “bad”.
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