Photo: Record Number of Deportations in Fiscal 2011
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton today announced the agency’s fiscal year 2011 year-end removal numbers, highlighting trends that underscore the administration’s focus on removing individuals from the country that fall into priority areas for enforcement.
Overall, in FY 2011 ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations removed 396,906 individuals — the largest number in the agency’s history. Of these, nearly 55 percent or 216,698 of the people removed were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors — an 89 percent increase in the removal of criminals since FY 2008.
This includes 1,119 aliens convicted of homicide; 5,848 aliens convicted of sexual offenses; 44,653 aliens convicted of drug related crimes; and 35,927 aliens convicted of driving under the influence. And 129,151 or the majority of the undocumented immigrants with convictions had misdemeanor convictions.
ICE also deported 180,208 individuals that did not have a criminal record.