ICE Deportations Reach Record Levels

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Undocumented Guatemalan immigrants are body searched before boarding a deportation flight to Guatemala City, Guatemala at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on June 24, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona.

The United States has deported more people over the past fiscal year than ever before, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE deported 396,906 people between October 2010 and September 2011. About 55 percent of those deported had been convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.

“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,” ICE Director John Morton said in a press release.

ICE officials see the deportation numbers as positive, but the agency has come under heat for its recent practices, particularly over the controversial Secure Communities program. It directs local police departments to share finger prints and other arrest information with immigration officials. Critics say domestic violence victims and witnesses have been deported as a result, and that can foster distrust between immigrant communities and police. Federal officials have announced reforms, although there is still skepticism over how such changes will be implemented.

D.C. has yet to implement Secure Communities, but it may soon be mandatory around the country.


  • Dave Francis

    NOTHING–can aid the American worker as a mandated E-Verify program, which will
    start reducing illegal immigration into this country. If unlawful aliens cannot
    get jobs, they will self-deport. Families with no bread winner or anybody
    unable to work will begin moving out the country. Extensive enforcement as in
    Alabama, Arizona, Georgia and other states who will soon follow; this is a
    prime example how policing enforcement works. Thousands or perhaps hundreds of
    thousands are making a mass exodus and what is whispered as Sanctuary
    cities and states, will find they are the destination.. Federal E-Verify will
    accelerate even more illegal demoralized people packing up and heading
    out–going to who knows where? Removing upwards of 25 million illegal entries
    will take time, but with money they have previously saved, they will have funds
    across the borders or in far off lands to maintain a lucrative living. This is
    not a fallacy as somewhere in the region of $46 BILLION DOLLARS leave the
    country every year to foreign banks and families. If you look who is against the
    “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” and not just the Communist ACLU, 
    open-border zealots, but profit inspired organizations as corporate
    agriculture, and thousands of businesses who use cheap labor to pack their bank


    Rep. Lamar Smith’s “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” insures a better future for
    layers of low income Americans, all the way through middle management jobs.
    This is not anti-Hispanic, anti-Asian or anti-any race of people?  This is
    simple economics, which by removing foreign nationals who have settled here
    illegally, with millions of jobs replaced by Citizens and authorized residents.
    By Reading the non-oriented Liberal press, with irrefutable evidence that
    companies who lose their illegal alien workforce, are now serving lines of
    hungry Americans, lined  up for the very jobs vacated by foreign nationals. 
    This is very visual where (ICE) suddenly descends on businesses that
    have been caught in the act or where a Whistle Blower has informed the
    U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. Every legible American must conform
    to an I-9 audit form, supplied by the business where he seeks work. Under a
    more rigorous law as”THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” (Bill H.R. 2885) it will help
    control who arrives in this sovereign nation.


    After the Border is fully secure, and with the construction of the fence as
    indicated in the ‘2006 Secure Fence Act’ although not as according to the
    porous fence that installed currently.  But a two-layer
    fence with fast track U.S. border Patrol lanes in between and no restrictions
    to any land, in the vicinity Southern fencing as a priority. E-Verify as just
    one of unyielding mandated internal enforcement,  along with the Secure
    Communities and 287 G policing laws that can make a great difference to this country’s
    financial protection and national security. Once these laws are complete, then
    a similar agricultural policy for Farmers can be implemented as the
    “Bracero Program” that was dismantled. No matter who comes to America
    on either a working visa, for education or as a tourist must be tracked, as
    they make up a good part of over stays.


    of heinous criminals have been deported, but even so an illegal alien is–illegal
    and subject to deportation. Never mind entering a foreign country including
    Mexico or any South of the border, you would end up in an unpleasant prison cell.
    Even industrialized nations in Europe have less tolerance for those who affronted
    the law. In America, even though President Obama has deported these criminal
    aliens, what makes you think they will not return? THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO PUNISH UNLAWFUL ENTRY AS A—FELONY? THIS MUST BE



    Contact Speaker of the House John
    Boehner (R-OH); House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); House Majority Whip
    Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ; House Chairman of Ways & Means Committee Dave Camp
    (R-MI) and Other Members of the Ways & Means Committee to phone or fax for
    free at NumbersUSA.




    you want to free fax, go to NumbersUSA or please call Washington at
    202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S. Senator or Representative’s office to urge
    action on mandatory E-Verify.


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    me and you’ll never stand alone.”


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