Criminals Targeted for Deportation
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One out of every two immigrants who were deported in the fiscal year of 2010 had a criminal record. Immigration agents under Barack Obama's administration, has intensified the search for convicted immigrants to deport. Since Obama came into office, more people have been removed from the United States then the Bush administration sent out of the U.S. in its most busy period. The number of immigrants that are being deported in the Florida sector of the United States has increased by 13 percent since 2008, compared to a six percent increase in deportations from the U.S. in general. In the fiscal year that ended last day of September, more than 15,000 people were deported from Florida, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Nationally over 392,000 people were removed from the country, and that is the highest number of deportations in a single year ever. Florida, as the rest of the United States has increased the efforts to find and deport immigrants with a criminal record, and the state's new chief of immigration enforcement says the state will continue to look for criminal immigrants, but it will also start focusing more on immigration fraud. In Florida, all counties are part of the Secure Communities program. Through the program, federal immigration immigrants get informed when immigrants are sent to jail, enabling them to be subjected to removal from the U.S.