first_img Share NewsRegional US deports over four hundred thousand criminals by: – December 27, 2012 20 Views   2 comments Tweet Sharecenter_img The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has revealed that over four hundred thousand people have been deported from the country in 2012.The end of year removals as they are referred to by the Agency, highlights trends that underscore the administration’s focus on removing convicted criminals and other individuals that fall into priority areas for enforcement. In the fiscal year 2012 ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations removed 409,849 individuals of Caribbean decent and other countries worldwide. Of these, approximately 55 percent, or 225,390 of the people removed, were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors – almost double the removal of criminals in fiscal year 2008. This includes 1,215 aliens convicted of homicide; 5,557 aliens convicted of sexual offenses; 40,448 aliens convicted for crimes involving drugs; and 36,166 aliens convicted for driving under the influence.With a view to focusing resources on the most serious criminal offenders, ICE also issued new national detainer guidance.This guidance limits the use of detainers to individuals who meet the department’s enforcement priorities and restricts the use of detainers against individuals arrested for minor misdemeanor offenses such as traffic offenses and other petty crimes, helping to ensure that available resources are focused on apprehending felons, repeat offenders and other ICE priorities. It is applicable to all ICE enforcement programs, including Secure Communities.“Smart and effective immigration enforcement relies on setting priorities for removal and executing on those priorities,” said Director Morton in a press release. “In order to further enhance our ability to focus enforcement efforts on serious offenders, we are changing who ICE will issue detainers against.While the FY 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.” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano also directed ICE to focus its resources on key priorities in all aspects of its immigration enforcement efforts.ICE did not specify how many of the deportees were Caribbean nationals.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img

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