DHS announcement of highest immigration enforcement numbers — well…kinda

October 12, 2010

The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) press release dated 10/8/10 proclaimed: DHS/ICE reveal highest immigration enforcement numbers on record in fiscal year 2010

What the DHS didn’t inform the public of is that there are two categories of deportation.

It’s all about semantics. While it’s true that the removals have gone up, however, the returns have gone down. The overall combined numbers have also gone down. (see graphs below)

* Removals are based on an “order of removal”. The alien has administrative or criminal consequences placed on subsequent reentry.

* Returns are NOT based on an order of removal. Most of the voluntary returns are of Mexican nationals who have been apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol and are returned to Mexico. (There is no criminal consequences placed on subsequent reentry.)

“Since the beginning of this administration, we have fundamentally changed the federal government’s approach to immigration enforcement,” — DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“In fiscal year (FY) 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed more illegal aliens than in any other period in the history of our nation. ICE removed more than 392,000 illegal aliens-half of them, more than 195,000-were convicted of crimes, including murder, sex offenses and drug violations.”

According to the 2009 annual report released August 2010:

393,000 foreign nationals were removed from the United States—the seventh consecutive record high. The leading countries of origin of those removed were Mexico (72 percent), Guatemala (7 percent), and Honduras (7 percent).

580,000 foreign nationals were returned to their home countries without a removal order.

This year under the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program a record 23,384 illegal Mexican immigrants voluntarily accepted flights back to their homeland from Arizona. At a cost to the US taxpayer of nearly $15 million the voluntary flights surpassed the previous year by more than double. 85% of the travellers were male.

The Mexican Interior Repatriation Program (MIRP) began in July of 2004. Illegal Mexican migrants may volunteer for the program, returning home via charter aircraft from Tucson, Arizona to either Mexico City or Guadalajara. Bus transportation is then provided to their final destination. Repatriation flights from Tucson, AZ were offered for nearly four months this summer compared with 36 days in 2009.

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Source: Department of Homeland Security

 
 
 
 
 
 

Source: Department of Homeland Security

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