400,000 Record Number of Deportations, Right on Track for the Fiscal Year 2010
- 17 Aug
The Obama administration said recently that the government is “on track” to deport a record number of illegal aliens this fiscal year, 400,000 of them. The number for the last year's removal of such illegal immigrants was close to 390,000.
This surge in the removal of illegal aliens, especially those “who have already shown they will do harm,” were direct result of both technology advances and a special government program known as “Secure Communities.” Under this government program, local participating governments would require their law enforcement officers check an arrested suspect and/or convicted criminals in their prison systems against a federal database, thanks to advances in technology and information sharing among government agencies, to identify illegal or deportable aliens and, once a match is found, the Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE) authorities would be notified which will then determine if the alien should be processed for deportation. ICE now lists those undocumented immigrants convicted of the most dangerous crimes such as murder, rape, assault and drug or human trafficking as its top deportation priorities.
According to the data released by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ICE is now on track to deport the target of a record of about 400,000 illegal immigrants by the end of the current fiscal year which will end on September 30. Among those deported, about 150,000 of them are convicted criminals and 16% of them are in fact those “top-priority violent criminals” who are also referred to as “Level 1” immigrants.
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