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Deportations in Northwestern States Decrease for 2nd Year in a Row

For the second year in a row, federal data is showing a decrease in the deportation of undocumented immigrants in Northwestern states Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

The 9 percent drop reported at the end of the 2010 fiscal year, has not affected the number of deported undocumented immigrants the government considered convicted criminals. That number continues to climb.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data spans October 1st 2009 to September 30th, 2010, and shows that 9,833 people were deported from the Pacific Northwest, and for the second year in a row, the number of overall removals dropped in the region.

Of the 9,833 people removed, 48 percent of them were considered convicted criminals by the U.S. government. Questionably, since 2007, the number of deportations of immigrants with criminal records in the Pacific Northwest has more than doubled, from 2,302 in 2007 to 4,714 in 2010.

Nationwide, more than 392,000 people were removed from the country.