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ICE deports record number of immigrants

October 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they deported 396,906 people during the fiscal year 2011 that ended in September, making it the largest number in the agency's history.

ICE Director John Morton said 55 percent of the deported individuals had felony or misdemeanor convictions, including homicide, sexual offenses, drug-related crimes and driving under the influence.

Officials said the number of deported people convicted of crimes jumped 89 percent from 2008.

"These year-end totals indicate that we are making progress, with more convicted criminals, recent border crossers, egregious immigration law violators and immigration fugitives being removed from the country than ever before," said Morton. "Though we still have work to do, this progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of thousands of ICE agents, officers and attorneys around the country."