ICE Quotas to Increase Deportations
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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is not satisfied with this year’s deportation numbers, despite illegal immigrants with criminal records being deported in record numbers. Even though the agency will most likely reach its goal of deporting 150,000 criminal immigrants, the total number of deportations is down. According to recent e-mails from the ICE head of detentions and removal operations, James M. Chaparro, ICE might just deport a little over 310,000 illegal immigrants this year. This is far less than the 400,000 deportations that was the agency’s goal. It’s also almost 20 percent less than last year’s 387,000 deportations. Chaparro explained in the e-mails how ICE will increase the number of Deportations by making more space available to detain illegal immigrants waiting to be deported. ICE will also check prisons and jails for illegal immigrants to deport, and offer early release to criminals who are willing to leave the country quickly. The most controversial step suggested in the e-mail however, is an increased focus on those whose only crime is to be in the U.S. illegally. This is not consistent with president Obama’s promise to concentrate immigration enforcement on illegal immigrants who are dangerous or have committed violent crimes. Neither are the steps suggested by Chaparro consistent with promises by ICE Chief John T. Morton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to primarily go after the most dangerous illegal immigrants. A spokesperson from ICE, Brian P. Hale, said that “Portions of the e-mail memo from Chaparro were inconsistent with ICE, Inconsistent with the administration’s point of view and inconsistent with the secretary.