68,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal records released

This has been revealed by a recent report from Center for Immigration Studies.

Release of undocumented immigrants in 2013—In a recent report on US immigration data, as many as 68,000 undocumented immigrants were caught and released by the US immigration officials in the year 2013.

US immigration officials caught and released around 68,000 undocumented aliens with criminal records in the year 2013.

The report titled ‘Catch and Release’ was by the US think tank Center for Immigration Studies.

As per the details, nearly 71 percent of 7,571 criminal undocumented aliens encountered by the New York’s ICE(Immigration and Customs Enforcement) office were released during the year 2013. The ICE rounded up in the year 2013 around 193,000 aliens with criminal convictions.

However, the actual number of deportations were just 125,000 while 68,000 were released by them, the report maintains. And this percentage is second to San Antonio’s release of 79 percent of undocumented immigrants.

According to Jessica Vaughan, the director of the CIS director of policy studies, this data indicates that the prosecutorial discretion criteria of the US administration is enabling factors like political considerations, family relationships or attention from advocacy groups to trump criminal convictions as a reason resulting to deportation despite its reiterated claims of focusing on public safety.

And such acts by the US administration are an obstruction of the US immigration enforcement and clearly threaten the well-being of US public since it could harm many families as a result, Vaughan maintained.

ICE defends its act—Meanwhile, the ICE officials have clearly defended its act of releasing 68,000 undocumented immigrants in the year 2013. As per the official representative of ICE, Dani Bennett, the focus is, undoubtedly, on removal of criminal aliens.

During the fiscal year 2013, the agency removed around 216,000 convicted criminals. And the percentage of removal has continued to rise, affirmed the official rep.

Giving further details, Bennett said that around 60 percent of the total removals of the ICE were previously of criminal offence convicts and this percentages has risen to 82 percent for individuals removed from the interior of the US. It further clarified that the highest priority of the ICE is and will be of removal of criminal convicts from the US.