US Deports Record Number of Illegal Immigrants

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 03:55 PM

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The United States deported a record number of nearly 400,000 people in fiscal year 2011 than ever before, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) statistics released Tuesday.

Under the Obama administration’s focus on deporting illegals who have committed crimes, more than half of the 396,906 people deported had been convicted of felony or misdemeanor crimes, according to the ICE numbers. The figures represent a 90 percent increase in the number of criminals deported over those in fiscal year 2008, The Hill reports.

Republicans have criticized the White House’s emphasis on criminals over those who are in the country illegally but have not been arrested for other crimes. Republicans say this provides illegal immigrants with a backdoor path to citizenship.

ICE Director John Morton attributed this increase to the agency’s newly revamped discretionary policy that allows agents to focus on removing illegal immigrants they deem to be a more imposing threat to society over those who are in the country illegally but are not violating other laws.

“These year-end totals indicate that we are making progress, with more convicted criminals, recent border crossers, egregious immigration law violators and immigration fugitives being removed from the country than ever before,” Morton said.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Tuesday that he plans to ask Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who’s scheduled to appear before the committee on Wednesday, about the new ICE policies.

“The Obama policies may be an impermissible intrusion on Congress’s plenary authority over immigration law,” said Grassley, speaking at Judicial Watch. “They’re pushing the envelope for sure, and there’s little transparency in their actions.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Pro-Russian Group Denies Producing Ukraine Jewish 'Registration' Leaflets

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 15:07 PM

Ukrainian Jews leaving Passover eve prayers were handed leaflets ordering them to either register with an interim govern . . .

Gallup Poll: Record Disapproval Ratings for Obama on Economy

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 22:41 PM

More than half of Americans said they had virtually no confidence in President Barack Obama's ability to improve the nat . . .

Ben Carson: Americans 'Being Played' by Those Who Seek Division

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 22:02 PM

Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson said Thursday that Americans are "being played by those people who want to . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved