Are ICE deportations truly aimed at 'criminals'?

"Immi­gra­tion and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) removed a record 216,000 criminal illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2011 – "an 89 percent increase over 2008," Mr. Chandler added. In May, President Obama told an audience in El Paso , Texas , that the focus was on "violent...

ICE Targets Fewer Criminals in Deportation Proceedings

"In deportation proceedings initiated during July - September 2011 by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the nation's 50 plus Immigration Courts, only 7,378 individuals — just 13.8 percent of the total — were charged with having engaged in criminal activities...

How many criminals is ICE really deporting?

The Obama administration says it is deporting a record number of criminals. The truth, however, is more complicated — and the administration’s rhetoric may be influenced by the political tightrope it’s walking as it tries simultaneously to please Latinos and independent voters....

Nature of Charge in New Filings Seeking Removal Orders through August 2013: TRAC

"Only a small proportion of the filings in the Immigration Courts seeking to deport noncitizens have been based on alleged criminal activity." - TRAC, Sept. 2013 .

Fewer Deportation Cases Based on Convictions Filed

" Of all filings in the Immigration Courts seeking to deport noncitizens during fiscal year 2013, only one in seven (14.4 percent) have been based on alleged criminal activity. This proportion is roughly half what it was twenty years ago, when 28.5 percent -- more than a quarter -- of removal filings...

TRAC: Criminal Charges Continue Decline in Immigration Court

"Alleged criminal activity continues to turn up less and less often as the basis for new Immigration Court filings seeking removal orders. So far in fiscal year 2014, only 13.5 percent of individuals have been alleged to be removable based on criminal activity, according to the latest case-by-case...

TRAC: Civil Immigration Offenses Account for 80% of Immigration Court Deportation Orders

"Immigration Court judges have ordered 82,878 individuals deported so far this fiscal year, according to the latest data as of the end of August. But in only 16,375 of these cases, about one out of every five, had the government sought the removal order because of criminal or other activity that...