Criminal Activity Cited in Smaller Fraction of Deportation Filings
(08 Jul 2013) During the current fiscal year, only 14.7 percent of the new filings in Immigration Court sought to deport noncitizens based on alleged criminal activity rather than violations of immigration requirements. This is slightly lower than the 16.1 percent that prevailed during the last year of the Bush Administration. And it is only about half the proportion of 28.5 percent that was seen twenty years ago, according to the latest (June 2013) data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

This continuing decline in the emphasis on criminal activity as the basis for seeking deportation orders runs counter to the Obama administration's announced targeting objectives. However, states varied widely in whether criminal activity was a significant source for new Immigration Court filings. Hawaii had the highest proportion (47.2 percent) of removal cases that were based on alleged criminal activity. Connecticut was second with 35.2 percent, and Utah was third with 30.9 percent. At the other extreme, Tennessee had the lowest proportion, with only 1.7 percent of filings alleging criminal activity as the reason the government sought removal.

For national highlights go to:
To view the states and nationalities with the highest versus lowest proportion of removal filings based on alleged criminal activity, use the web-based query tool at:
To keep up with TRAC, follow us on Twitter @tracreports or like us on Facebook:
TRAC is self-supporting and depends on foundation grants, individual contributions and subscription fees for the funding needed to obtain, analyze and publish the data we collect on the activities of the US Federal government. To help support TRAC's ongoing efforts, go to:

Customized queries of TRAC's data TRAC FBI Web Site TRAC DEA Web Site TRAC Immigration Web Site TRAC IRS Web Site TRAC ATF Web Site TRAC Reports Web Site FOIA Project Web Site
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
Copyright 2016
TRAC What's New TRAC