Despite “an unprecedented surge of illegal border crossings in the Rio Grande Valley,” 52,701 fewer illegal aliens were deported during Fiscal Year 2104 than during the previous year, according to a report by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
There were 315,943 removals during FY 2014, down from 368,644 in FY 2013, according to the report, which was released by the agency on Dec. 19th.
The FY 2014 removal figure includes 91,037 criminals and 137,983 non-criminals apprehended “while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.”
However, Houston’s KPRC-TV reported that only a small percentage of families and unaccompanied children who streamed across the border this summer were sent back to their home countries.
“Of the 15,614 families caught crossing the border but not detained” between July 18th and Oct. 28th this year, “4,197 have been ordered removed from the U.S. However, 96 percent of those removal orders were done ‘in abstentia'” because the individuals failed to show up in immigration court.
Deportations of convicted criminals were also down significantly, from 216,810 in FY 2013 to 177,960 in FY 2014. That figure does not include “2,802 individuals in FY 2014 who were classified as suspected or confirmed gang members,” ICE stated.
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