Thursday, December 19, 2013
Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the agency's fiscal year (FY) 2013 year-end removal numbers.
In FY 2013, ICE conducted a total of 368,644 removals, compared to 409, 849 in fiscal year 2012; thus, there was a drop of about 40,000 removals from last year. Nearly 60 percent of ICE’s total removals in 2013 had been previously convicted of a criminal offense, and that number rises to 82 percent for individuals removed from the interior of the United States. Other than convicted criminals, the agency’s stated enforcement priorities include: those apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, illegal re-entrants – individuals who returned to the U.S. after being previously removed by ICE – and immigration fugitives. For a comprehensive breakdown of ICE’s FY 2013 removal numbers, please visit ICE's immigration enforcement webpage.
Key removal facts for FY 2013 include the following:
• ICE conducted a total of 368,644 removals.
• ICE conducted 133,551 removals of individuals apprehended in the interior of the United States.
o 82 percent of all interior removals had been previously convicted of a crime. This presumably results largely from the operation of the Secure Communities program, the Obama administration's signature immigration enforcement program.
• ICE conducted 235,093 removals of individuals apprehended along our borders while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.
• 59 percent of all ICE removals, a total of 216,810, had been previously convicted of a crime.
o ICE apprehended and removed 110,115 criminals removed from the interior of the United States.
o ICE removed 106,695 criminals apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.
• 98 percent of all ICE FY 2013 removals, a total of 360,313, met one or more of ICE’s stated civil immigration enforcement priorities.
• Of the 151,834 removals of individuals without a criminal conviction, 84 percent, or 128,398, were apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States and 95 percent fell within one of ICE’s stated immigration enforcement priorities.
• The leading countries of origin for those removed were Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, which accounted for about 94.4 percent of the total annual removals.
FY 2013 Top 10 Countries of Removal by Citizenship
MEXICO 241,493 (ABOUT 67.6% of total)
EL SALVADOR 21,602
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2,462
TOP 10 Total 357,422