A new report shows a dramatic increase in deportations, with almost 400,000 people being deported last year alone.
During the fiscal year that ended in Sept. 30, 393,000 people were deported, and half of those were considered criminals. Of the criminal deportations, 7 percent were based on traffic violations, 23 percent were drug violations and 14 percent were drunken driving violations, according to an analysis by the AP.
President Obama has said that his administration’s enforcement policy seeks to target the “worst of the worst” and not individuals who have come to the country to work, but the large number of people who were deported after having committed minor crimes challenges that idea, the report said.
The administration responded by saying they are in fact focusing on the more dangerous criminals, but since their crimes are more extreme they tend to be held in jail longer, making them less likely to show up in the recent report.
While that may address the reason why there are not more serious crimes listed in the deportation files, it doesn’t address the criticism that there are a very large amount of immigrants being deported over what appear to be very minor infractions. Between a zealousness for deportation and new anti-immigrant laws popping up all over the country, no wonder so many immigrants are fearing law enforcement
to a point where they are afraid to even report being victims of crimes themselves.
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