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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 8, 2014

Report: Deportations of serious criminals drop with ICE program
By Jeremy Redmon

The number of people who have been deported after being convicted of criminal offenses has dropped substantially over the last four years even as the government targeted them with a federal fingerprint-sharing program in Georgia and across the nation, a report released Tuesday shows. The report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse —- a research organization at Syracuse University —- shows an 11 percent drop in deportations of people convicted of crimes other than traffic and immigration offenses, from 116,884 in fiscal year 2010 to 103,676 in fiscal year 2013. The Secure Communities program works by comparing the fingerprints of everyone booked into jails with prints held in federal databases to determine whether the detainees are in the country illegally. TRAC says in its report the program “has failed to increase the removal of its primary announced targets: noncitizens who have committed crimes other than minor violations.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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