Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Deportations Up, But Backlog Of ICE Fugitives Also Grows

AP Photo/Gregory Bull
The U.S. deported more than 256,000 people in fiscal year 2018, Homeland Security announced Friday, as the Trump administration’s tougher policies took full effect.
But more than 560,000 other illegal immigrants are fugitives, at large in communities though they’ve been ordered deported, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a report detailing its enforcement for the last fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30.
And acting ICE Chief Ronald D. Vitiello warned they might have to release more people from detention because the agency’s finances are being stretched so far, facing both interior challenges and the new surge at the border.
He said that same thing happened because of budget constraints during the Obama years in 2013, when a “large” release, including some with serious criminal records, were set free.
“We’re worried that might happen to us again,” he said.
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