The data on the number of deportations for illegal migrants by US immigration officials is skewed, says a immigration reform group.
14 October 2010
Report says US immigration deportation data released is skewed
The US immigration data released recently on the number of illegal migrants deported is skewed, a report by a lobbying group said.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said that while more criminal aliens had been deported this year, the overall number of deportations had fallen.
The Federation said this reflects not only the unwillingness of the Obama Administration to uniformly enforce US immigration laws against both criminal and non-criminal illegal aliens, but also the Administration’s constant misrepresentation of immigration data to make it appear as if it is actually enforcing the law.
Last week, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported it had removed more illegal aliens than in any other period in the history of our nation, deporting 392,000 illegal aliens. Half of this number, 195,000, was convicted of crimes including murder, sex offenses and drug violations.
FAIR says, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano failed to mention that while the deportation of criminal illegal aliens has risen, the change in the total number of overall deportations is statistically insignificant.
"Secretary Napolitano is giving herself and DHS a big pat on the back for stepping up enforcement without mentioning that the department is merely completing cases initiated under the previous administration, under policies that she and President Obama have aggressively dismantled since taking office," FAIR president Dan Stein said.