WASHINGTON – IMMIGRATION - Arrest and deportation of illegal Caribbean immigrants hit record high
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, CMC – A new report by the United States’ Department of Homeland Security says that the number of undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants arrested and deported last year hit record highs.
The Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2011, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s office of immigration statistics stated that officials of various immigration agencies, including the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) police, detained and deported an unprecedented number of undocumented immigrants during 2011 fiscal year.
The report confirms numbers available separately at the ICE’s website, which shows that in 2011 the agency deported a record number of foreigners without documents - 396,906, most of them with criminal records.
According to the same ICE numbers, almost 2 million undocumented immigrants were deported between 2007 and last year. Initially, most of those deported were immigrants who simply did not have papers.
On the other hand, the report says the detentions of undocumented foreigners have not stopped, though the number of immigrants who simply have no papers seems to be diminishing.