U.S. deportations reach historic levels
An undocumented Guatemalan charged as a criminal prepares to board a deportation flight in Mesa, Arizona, this summer.
October 18th, 2011
03:40 PM ET

U.S. deportations reach historic levels

Nearly 400,000 people were deported from the United States in the past fiscal year, the largest number in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the government announced Tuesday.

The year-end removal numbers "underscore the administration's focus on removing individuals ... that fall into priority areas" such as lawbreakers, threats to national security and repeat violators, the agency said in a news release.

Overall in fiscal year 2011, immigration officials said, 396,906 individuals were removed. Of these, 216,698, nearly 55%, had been convicted of felonies or misdemeanors. That's an 89 percent increase of criminals from three years ago, the enforcement agency said.

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  1. justathought

    How many of that 400,000 are repeats? That is, a person that is deported and comes back again. I knew a Mexican guy who told me that he came to the U.S. 7 times before he got in legally. Personaly I donn't think he should have made it then..

    October 19, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. fernace

    Illegals CanNot vote in this country! It is absolutely false that they are allowed to "vote for Dem.ocr.ats in droves!" Y'all know the drill; over 18, citizen or nat.ura.lized & must show proof of doc.umen.tation! Trust me on this, I can't vote & I'm legal with all necessary docs, just not natu.rali.zed! I know of what I speak, everything else is hy.pe! Don't believe the hy.pe!!

    October 19, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pete H

      If you live in "La Republica de California" you can vote. Why? Because Sacramento has outlawed the ID requirement at polling places. That's right; the people manning the polling places can't ask a person for valid ID. There's no proof of legal residency required on the voter registration form either, so what's to stop illegals from voting? Governor Brown and Co are working for the other side; traitors, one and all.

      October 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Without_hate

      Your post is wrong, we all know what the law is and we also know how the democrats break the law and bus illegal in. There is no way to determine that an illegal is voting since liberal states do not require an id card to vote. Please do not hand us the democratic lie and expect us to buy it.

      In precinct 231 Harris County I know for a fact that democrats register illegal and get them to the poll. We need a national ID. No proof of citizenship then one can not vote. I am sure the behavior of the democrats have not changed since the days of Lyndon. Being dead is not an excuse for not voting.

      October 20, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    The US should be strictly enforcing its immigration laws and denying any and all benefits to anyone who breaks our laws and enters the country illegally, booting them out when caught and then permanently banning from ever obtaining US citizenship as well.
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    It infuriates me to see our government practically strip searching grandmothers and children trying to board an airplane, yet it allows illegal aliens to invade our country carrying drugs, weapons and who knows what, and then has the nerve to demand that the legal citizens of this country pay for their welfare, health care and schooling etc.

    October 19, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Without_hate

      Thing will be changing. It makes me and millions more just as angry as you are. If the government does not stop the illegals pouring over the border and remove the ones that are here along with their children the citizens will. The anger is real and we are fed up with both the democrats and the Republicans on this issue. If they deported 400,000 thousands they have ten and half million to go. When Americans start taking on the enforcement of our laws to correct this situation it will be on the head of the government.

      October 20, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jj

    Dangit! thats a lotta fine mexican women gone from az! its ok. goin to rocky point over christmas ill just get em on their turf for once!

    October 19, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Bill

    Why is is most folks have serious doubts that nearly half a million Mexicans are actually, physically returned to their country ? That bus must make a lot of trips or is this just the number who have been "adjudicated" as deportation eleigible or what. You'd think the loss of half million faces would be noticed but the numbers keep growing...what's wrong with this picture!

    October 19, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jj

    they dont take a bus. they get to fly on a big jet airplane. i see it twice a week here in arizona

    October 19, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Pete H

    Gee; it's amazing! We're going into an election year and all of a sudden deportations are up! MAGIC! I guess Obummer finally figured out that half the people he thought would vote for him in 2012 won't be able to because they're illegal. The stats are wrong though; these people are ALL illegal, so they're ALL lawbreakers! Get the facts straight!

    October 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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