Deportations fell to a 26-year low last year, the ICE report reveals

Deportations of illegal immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plunged to their lowest level in nearly three decades last year amid the ongoing migration crisis at the US-Mexico border, the agency said Annual report unveiled Friday.

In the 12 months ended September 30, 2021, ICE said it had deported 59,011 “non-citizens” from the United States, more than triple the 185,884 “aliens” deported in fiscal 2020 — the lowest number on the fiscal year 1995 to the Department of Homeland Security own records.

In addition, the ICE report revealed that the number of so-called “administrative arrests” taking place inside the U.S. fell 28.5 percent in fiscal 2021 from the same 12-month period in 2020.

According to the report, those deported included 34 “known or suspected terrorists” (compared to 31 in FY2020) and 2,178 “known or suspected gang members” (compared to 4,276 in FY2020).

As low as the numbers are, they don’t measure the effect of a button Policy change proposed by the Biden administration last year.

On Sept. 30, the day the reporting period ended, DHS ordered its officials to prioritize for deportation illegal immigrants who “pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security” — claiming that the Government did not have the resources to arrest every person who entered the US illegally.

Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande River
Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande River on September 23, 2021.
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In a seven-page memo, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said: “[t]The fact that a person is a removable non-citizen … should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them” and promised to “use our discretion and better focus our enforcement resources”.

the The Washington Post reported on Friday that Mayorkas has met with ICE employees since the memo was released to reinforce this message to them.

“As the annual report data reflects, ICE officers and special agents have focused on cases that have had the greatest impact on law enforcement in communities across the country while upholding our values ​​as a nation,” said Tae Johnson, acting director of ICE, in a statement accompanying the report.

Migrants arrive in El Ceibo, Guatemala on August 19, 2021 after being deported from the US and Mexico.
Migrants arrive in El Ceibo, Guatemala on August 19, 2021 after being deported from the US and Mexico.

As an example, the report cited a tally of 12,205 deported people with “serious convictions” and claimed that was nearly double the 6,815 arrested in fiscal 2020. However, neither the term “aggravated convictions” nor the number of 6,815 appear in the report for the financial year 2020.

In the meantime, Buzzfeed News reported Thursday that the Biden administration plans to wind them down so-called title 42 health policy Facilitating expedited deportation of illegal cross-border workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The same report added that DHS is preparing to inform the Mexican government that the policy could end as soon as next month, prompting a new surge in migration that would strain resources on both sides of the border. Deportations fell to a 26-year low last year, the ICE report reveals


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