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Texas Monthly
April 10, 2014

The State of Texas
By Jeff Winkler

Driving Illegally Yesterday, the El Paso Times went national with an interesting story on deportation figures: "A majority of the 2.3 million people who the U.S. government deported in recent years were removed for immigration or vehicle traffic violations rather than for more serious crimes, according to a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse in New York." Crunching the TRAC report's numbers, "43,090 out of a total of 368,644 deportations were for serious crimes, 53,259 were for immigration violations and 47,249 were related to vehicle traffic offenses." The report also notes that only twelve percent of those deportees committed a serious offense like murder, robbery, or rape. The piece is chock-full of data and definitely worth a read, no matter where you stand on the immigration debate.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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