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The Denver Post
December 20, 2014

Seeking asylum in the United States
By Andrea W. Doray

Data from ICE analyzed by TRAC shows that only 12 percent of all deportees had committed a serious crime. The agency developed its definition of serious crime burglary, drug offenses, sexual assault to identify individuals who pose a threat to public safety or national security. In contrast, however, the charges for 45 percent of deportees were as minor as a traffic citation or overstaying a visa, and 43 percent had not committed a crime at all. Considering the small threat that the vast majority of asylum-seekers pose to national security, wouldn't our resources be better used on other problems such as crime or poverty?

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