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December 7, 2011

Immigration Data Shows Less Deportations for Criminals in 2011
By David Dayen

According to new data from the Transitional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, fewer immigrants deported by the Obama Administration in Fiscal Year 2011 had criminal charges then the deportees in 2010. So just as the Administration was ensuring the immigrant rights community that they were focusing their attentions on criminals (often, “violent criminals”), less of the people they were deporting had criminal records. TRAC obtained the data through a Freedom of Information Act request. The data takes in new data from July to September 2011, the last quarter of the fiscal year. In that quarter, according to TRAC, only 13.8% of all deportees were “charged with having engaged in criminal activities.” The total percentage for FY2011 is 14.9%, down from 16.5% in FY2010. The percentage has decreased each quarter in 2011.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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