ICE Deportations Only Half Levels of Five Years Ago
(17 May 2018) Newly released Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data - updated through October 2017 - provide case-by-case details on each ICE deportation. In general, ICE deportations have dropped by almost half during the last five years. While there is month-to-month variability, the number deported also has continued to decline since January 2017 when President Trump assumed office. In October 2012, ICE deported 34,543 individuals. By December 2016 that figure had declined to 20,833. And by October 2017 ICE recorded only 18,428 individuals were deported.

During the nine months of February 2017 - October 2017, a total of 156,071 individuals were deported by ICE. ICE figures do not cover the large number of individuals deported directly by the Border Patrol and Field Offices of Customs and Border Protection.

Half of individuals ICE deported had either never been convicted of a crime (34%), or the only conviction was for their illegal entry/reentry and not for any offense committed after they had arrived (15%). An additional 10 percent had been convicted either for driving while intoxicated (DUI) or for a simple traffic violation. While removals through Secure Communities have recently received the most attention, since February 1, 2017 only about one out of three ICE deportations (35%) were through this program.

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TRAC has also updated its online web-query tool with the latest data with month-by-month details on every ICE removal. Included are a range of different characteristics, from the nationality of the deportee to their most serious criminal conviction. Coverage includes the period from October 2002 through October 2017:

In addition, many of TRAC's free query tools - which track the Immigration Court's backlog, new DHS filings, court dispositions, the handling of juvenile cases and much more - have been updated through March 2018. For an index to the full list of TRAC's immigration tools go to:

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