US deports record 400,000 people in 2011

ICE Director John Morton said out of those deported, 55% or 216,698 people were convicted of felonies.

Updated: Oct 19, 2011, 10:43 AM IST

New York: Nearly 400,000 foreigners
convicted of various crimes were deported from the US this
year by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest
number in the history of the federal agency.

ICE Director John Morton said out of those deported,
55 per cent or 216,698 people were convicted of felonies or
misdemeanour 89 percent increase in the removal of
criminals since fiscal 2008.

For the fiscal year ending September 2011, 396,906
individuals were deported from the country.

These included 1,119 people convicted of homicide,
5,848 convicted of sexual offenses, 44,653 convicted of drug
related crimes and 35,927 aliens convicted of driving under
the influence.

"These year-end totals indicate that we are making
progress, with more convicted criminals, recent border
crossers, egregious immigration law violators and immigration
fugitives being removed from the country than ever before,"
Morton said.

Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano
has directed ICE to focus its resources on expanding the use
and frequency of investigations and programmes like Secure
Communities and Operation Cross Check, that target criminal
aliens besides focusing on repeat violators of immigration
laws and immigration fugitives.

PTI