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October 18, 2011

Bloggins on Deportation and Removal
By Matthew Kolken

Syracuse University's TRAC immigration has put together an interactive chart that includes a breakdown of the fiscal year 2011 deportation numbers up to July 26, 2011. TRAC has determined that from January through June 2011, the proportion of deportation proceedings charging criminal violations has fallen below what we saw under the Bush administration. In fact, TRAC's chart demonstrates a recent sharp decline in criminal deportation proceedings in immigration courts. From Obama's election up until July 26, 2011, 83.2% of all deportations instituted in immigration courts involve no criminal violations, and only 15.2% involve criminal violators. As for deportation proceedings based on national security concerns: 0.02%. So to do the math, under Obama four out of every five (82.8%) deportation proceedings do not involve any criminal grounds for removal, terrorism, or security risks. Moreover, TRAC has determined that in the decade after 9/11 the actual number deportations aimed at criminals, national security threats and terrorists have all declined rather than increased, yet mere immigration violation deportation proceedings are skyrocketing. Thankfully, we have TRAC to sort it all out for us and keep the Obama administration honest. I highly recommend that you consider donating to TRAC. They do fantastic and invaluable work.

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