U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, it placed 164,000 criminals in deportation proceedings, a sharp increase from the 64,000 the agency said it identified and placed in proceedings the year before. The agency estimates that the number will rise to 200,000 this year.
The elites were willing to allow hundreds of thousands (millions?) of criminal aliens to remain in the country before popular discontent with immigration policy forced them to crack down. We are still paying a big and avoidable price for that past laxness. How many rapes, murders, bank robbers, assaults, and other crimes do Americans suffer daily because the Democrats want more poor Democrat voters and because the upper classes like cheap labor?
Okay, if they tried to deport 164,000 in 2007 but only managed to deport 91,000 then what happened with the other 73,000? Still in the pipeline or managed to avoid deportation?
Two groups of people are now more likely to be placed in deportation proceedings: illegal immigrants who might once have been criminally prosecuted without coming to the attention of immigration authorities, and legal immigrants whose visas and residency permits are being revoked because of criminal convictions.
The number of deported immigrants with criminal convictions has increased steadily this decade, from about 73,000 in 2001 to more than 91,000 in 2007, according to ICE.
I'm pleased to see that legal aliens are getting their residency permits and visas revoked as a consequence of their criminal activity. But I'd like to see efforts to round up criminals who have already been released from prison. We could deport hundreds of thousands of criminals who are out on the streets. We'd benefit from lower crime and lower costs for prisons, courts, and police.
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