Report: Majority of deportations from U.S. are for minor violations
El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — More than 2.3 million people were deported from this country from 2008 to 2013, and only a small fraction of them were removed for serious crimes.
That's the finding of a new report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse in New York.
According to the report's study of Immigration and Customs Enforcement data, only 12 percent of all deportees had been convicted of serious crimes. Most were deported for immigration or traffic violations.
This despite a 2010 directive from ICE Director John Morton that ICE agents focus on removing convicted criminals who posed a serious threat to public safety.
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