Illegal immigration: The Obama administration says that 55 percent of the nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants deported in 2010 had criminal records. Guest blogger Mike Allison says those numbers need further context.
The US Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are touting that the Obama administration deported nearly 400,000 people from the United States in 2010. Headlines report that about 55 percent of the 396,906 individuals deported had felony or misdemeanor convictions. (Remember, these are the numbers that the administration already manipulated 11 months ago.)
Okay, so 55 percent of 396,906 had criminal records. That gives us approximately, 218,298 deported with criminal records (and 178,608 without a record). We "know" that 1,119 were convicted of homicide, 5,848 of sexual offenses, 44,653 of drug-related offenses, and 35,927 of driving under the influence. That adds up to 87,547.
Let's assume these convictions were legitimate. That leaves another 130,751 deportees with “other” criminal records. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director couldn't give a number as to how many of these deportees' only offense was a previous immigration violation, but he really needs to know. Had they committed assault, robbery, trespassing?