ICE Steps Up Deportations
Posted by Joshua Price on February 27, 2008
Well folks, it’s amazing what can be accomplished on the illegal immigration front when we decide to actually get serious and crack down on it.
From today’s Washington Post:
Immigration officials are increasingly scouring jails and courts nationwide and reviewing years-old criminal records to identify deportable immigrants, efforts that have contributed to a steep rise in deportations and strained the immigration court system.
Long accused of failing to do enough to deport illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, federal authorities have recently strengthened partnerships with local corrections systems and taken other steps to monitor immigrants facing charges, officials said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, it placed 164,000 criminals in deportation proceedings, a sharp increase from the 64,000 the agency said it identified and placed in proceedings the year before. The agency estimates that the number will rise to 200,000 this year.
Just imagine what could happen happen if the President and Congress got serious about the problem and listened to their constituents.
I know I sound like a broken record but with each story like this it becomes more difficult for the opposition to keep saying that it’s impractical or impossible to deport the 12-20 million illegals here. Slowly but surely we are putting a dent in that number. Unfortunately, we will continue to be way behind until we can get true comprehensive reform implemented.