Latest ICE Deportation Stats No Cause for Celebration

"There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, they also reveal the extent to which immigration enforcement resources are still devoted to apprehending, detaining, and deporting individuals who represent no conceivable threat to public safety or national security.  In fact, the overwhelming majority of people deported by ICE either have no prior criminal record or were convicted of misdemeanors—and most of those misdemeanors were simply immigration violations that have been made criminal offenses.  While ICE does indeed capture and remove potentially dangerous individuals, most of its resources remain devoted to the enforcement of a broken and unworkable immigration system.  The latest decline in removals notwithstanding, the U.S. deportation machine remains severely out of balance and lacking in either flexibility or meaningful opportunities for due process." - Walter Ewing, Dec. 20, 2013.