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Arizona Daily Star
September 9, 2011

Terrorism-related deportations dropped in last decade
By Brady McCombs

Deportations based on terrorism or national security grounds became even rarer in the decade after Sept. 11, 2001, shows a new report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. There were 88 deportations involving terrorism charges in the decade prior to Sept. 11, 2001, the report shows. In the 10 years after the terrorist attack, there were 37 such cases. The number of deportations based on “national security” grounds barely changed in the decade before and after the attacks. There were 384 such removals in the decade before Sept. 11, 2001, compared to 360 in the decade after, the report from the organization commonly known as TRAC found. Based on a case-by-case analysis of 20 years of deportation proceedings initiated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and it's predecessor agency, Immigration and Naturalization Services, TRAC concluded that the repeated assertion from senior officials within the Department of Homeland Security that the primary enforcement mission is to deport terrorists, national security threats and serious criminals is "misleading." Total deportations increased from 1.6 million in the decade prior to Sept. 11, 2001, to 2.3 million in the decade after but the number of deported criminals, national security threats and terrorists actually declined both in number and as a percentage of all deportations, the report found. The number of criminals deported fell from 358,809 in the decade before Sept. 11, 2001, to 345,543 in the decade after. Taken as a percentage, the drop was even steeper: from 22 percent of all deportations in the pre-Sept. 11, 2001 decade to 15 percent in the decade after.

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