89.3 KPCC, Southern California Radio
22 July 2011
The record deportations logged by the Obama administration continue on pace, with more people deported in fiscal year 2010 than ever before. This year promises similar numbers: ICE records through May 23 show that 243,821 people have been deported since last Oct. 1, the start of the 2011 fiscal year.
From an agency chart, the ICE removal numbers from recent years:
FY 2010 = 392,862
FY 2009 = 389,834
FY 2008 = 369,221
FY 2007 = 291,060
The average daily population of immigrants in detention rose slightly from 30,295 in FY 2007 to 33,366 in FY 2020, though the average length of stay – for most, the time they are held while awaiting deportation – has decreased.
Despite a federal push to deport more convicted criminals, according to agency stats, 197,090 of those deported in FY 2010 did not have a criminal record – a little more than half. But among those who did, what was it for? According to an Associated Press analysis, a growing number of people have been deported following traffic and DUI arrests. From a story today:
The U.S. deported nearly 393,000 people in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, half of whom were considered criminals. Of those, 27,635 had been arrested for drunken driving, more than double the 10,851 deported after drunken driving arrests in 2008, the last full year of the Bush administration, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data provided to The Associated Press.
An additional 13,028 were deported last year after being arrested on less serious traffic law violations, nearly three times the 4,527 traffic offenders deported two years earlier, according to the data.
The administration has expanded the use of programs that aim to identify deportable criminals in local jails, including the controversial fingerprint-sharing program known as Secure Communities. Even through these programs, a large number of non-criminals land in the net. Several political and law enforcement leaders have come out against Secure Communities, with three states and two large cities recently announcing plans to withdraw.