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The Washington Times
July 8, 2013

Numbers don’t add up on Obama’s pledge to deport more illegal immigrants
By Stephan Dinan

Numbers compiled and released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research group at Syracuse University, show the administration has begun pursuing deportation against about 100,000 people for immigration violations, rather than criminal charges, so far this year. TRAC, which looks at federal filings in immigration courts, says 14.7 percent of removal cases filed by the administration this year have alleged criminal violations. That figure has dropped steadily from 16.6 percent in 2010. Although the drop isn’t steep, the trend suggests that the administration is finding it increasingly difficult to meet its goal of deporting 400,000 people a year while focusing chiefly on the most dangerous immigrants. “They’re not achieving their stated goals,” said David Burnham at TRAC. “They have been claiming ‘We’re going to go after criminals,’ and this decline is big in comparison to that rhetoric.”

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