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International Business Times
April 8, 2014

Immigration Reform Advocates: Heavy-Handed Obama Deportations Hit Minor Offenders, Not Serious Criminals
By Laura Matthews

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University also analyzed millions of deportation records since the launch of Secure Communities, a controversial program that formally began in 2008 to rid communities across America of criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat. TRAC found that in fiscal year 2013, only 12 percent of all deportees had serious “Level 1” offenses, which by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s definition includes acts such homicide, kidnapping and sexual assault. The most serious convictions for approximately half the deportees were immigration and traffic violations.

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