Deportation Rates Down in 2013

Some positive news for immigration activists was released by Bloomberg Businessweek in there most recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement data. The Obama administration is projected to deport 16 percent fewer undocumented immigrations this year than it had in 2012. 

According to this article, the 16 percent decrease could have something to do with the increased focus on “criminal” immigrants, or undocumented immigrants who have committed serious offenses. Since 2011, federal immigration officials have received “prosecutorial discretion” memos from the Obama administration directing them to avoid prosecuting undocumented immigrants who were not classified as “criminals.”  In response, has been a 3 percent increase in the number of “criminal” immigrant deportations in the past year from 55 percent to 58 percent. 

By the end of the fiscal year, if this projection is correct, the number of deportations will be at a six year low.


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