As The Huffington Post has reported, ICE officials have announced that the agency surpassed its record number of deportations in the past fiscal year. The agency deported 409,849 immigrants in the 2012 fiscal year, up from 396,906 immigrants last year. More than 392,000 immigrants were deported in the 2010 fiscal year.
The Huffington Post article notes that ICE did tout one improvement: It reported that 96 percent of removals fell into a priority category — not necessarily a high one — and that about 55 percent overall were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.
“While the [fiscal year] 2012 removals indicate that we continue to make progress in focusing resources on criminal and priority aliens, with more convicted criminals being removed from the country than ever before, we are constantly looking for ways to ensure that we are doing everything we can to utilize our resources in a way that maximizes public safety,” ICE Director John Morton said in a statement.
Source: The Huffington Post