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12% of Deportation Filings Based on Alleged Criminal Activity

According to TRAC Immigration, “only a small proportion of the filings in the Immigration Courts seeking to deport noncitizens have been based on alleged criminal activity”. In fact, only 12% of all deportation filings were based on alleged criminal activity for the fiscal year 2014. Compare that to FY 1992 when alleged criminal activity made up 29.2% of all deportation filings. Nearly half of all deportation filings in the most recent fiscal year were based on entry without inspection and about a third were due to other immigration charges.

Deportations have dramatically increased in recent years; nearly 2 million people have been deported since President Obama came into office. While the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama Administration say they are focused only on deporting criminals or immigrants who pose a threat to public safety or national security, the numbers tell a different story.

Deportation is a painful and costly business, costing US taxpayers billions of dollars a year and creating immeasurable hardship for millions of families. It’s not something to take lightly and we shouldn’t waste so many resources deporting people who have committed no crimes.

Take a look at TRAC Immigration’s graphs and analysis here.