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The Epoch Times
July 21, 2019

Flap Erupts on Whether ICE Deporting Criminals as Claimed
By Mark Tapscott

An academic group that uses official data to track government programs claims only a tiny portion of individuals deported from the U.S. earlier this year were removed due to criminal convictions—a claim that Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) denies. “Despite the administration’s rhetoric of deporting ‘criminals’ from this country, the latest data from the Immigration Courts through June 2019 shows only 2.8 percent of recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filings based deportability claims on any alleged criminal activity,” the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University said in a report made public Friday. “This is way down from the emphasis on deporting criminals that prevailed a decade ago,” TRAC said in its report. The group uses the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain official data from multiple federal agencies across a wide spectrum of activities, then releases regular reports based on statistical analyses. The report Friday was based on data obtained from filings in federal immigration courts by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ICE.

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