Saturday, November 8, 2008

349,041 Deported in 2008

The 2008 fiscal year led to record deportations of undocumented immigrants in the US according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports Thursday. Nationwide, ICE deported 349,041 immigrants during the 2008 fiscal year ending September 30, as opposed to the 288,663 reported as removed in the 2007 fiscal year and 2004's 174,000 deportations. The reports released by local ICE offices throughout the country, also cited local deportations which have gone up as well. About a third of the deported immigrants had criminal records. Click here for more from the Jurist. bh

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A good start, but we will hopefully do better in the next administration. Increased economic anxiety is thankfully leading to attrition thorough lack of job opportunities. The border fence is putting a dent in human and narcotics smuggling. The operators of this blog deserve our thanks for publishing this important enforcement data. Reporting the data disheartens illegal entrants and their enablers. A robust reporting regime must be part of our enforcement efforts.

Posted by: Thomas Lillich | Nov 8, 2008 2:31:31 PM

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