The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, has announced the deportation numbers for 2012.
In the Fiscal Year of 2012, which ended on September 30, ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations deported 409,849 people, and this is a new record.
- Approximately 55 percent of the people deported were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors like drug offenses and driving under the influence.
- Approximately 23 percent of the people deported were the parents of citizen children.
According to the ICE, 96 percent of all deportations are said to fall into a priority category. Priority categories include felons, repeat violators of immigration laws, people who have recently crossed U.S. borders illegally and security threats to national security.
In a statement, ICE Director John Morton said the following: “While the [fiscal year] 2012 removals indicate that we continue to make progress in focusing resources on criminal and priority aliens, we are constantly looking for ways to ensure that we are doing everything we can to utilize our resources in a way that maximizes public safety.”
Deportations have increased by 3 percent since last year even though there have been policy changes like Deferred Action to stop deportations. Deferred Action began in August, and thus far, more than 355,000 people have been approved.
In four years as president, Obama has already deported three-quarters of the number of people that Bush deported in both his terms as president.