DHS/ICE Highest Immigration
Enforcement On Record
October 9, 2010 -
In fiscal year (FY) 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
removed more illegal aliens than in any other period in the history of
our nation. ICE removed more than 392,000 illegal aliens-half of them,
more than 195,000-were convicted of crimes, including murder, sex
offenses and drug violations.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John
Morton announced the record-breaking numbers at a news conference on
Oct. 6, 2010 held at ICE headquarters in
"Since the beginning of this administration, we have fundamentally changed the federal government's approach to immigration enforcement," said Napolitano.
Part of this
approach includes implementing the ICE-led program, Secure Communities.
The program is a partnership between ICE and state and local law
enforcement agencies that uses biometric technology to identify aliens
who have been booked into state and local jails. Once identified, these
criminal aliens are processed for removal rather than released back into
attributed "a major part of the increase in criminal removals" to Secure
Communities. More than 660 state and local partners now participate in
Secure Communities nationwide. Napolitano said plans are to "expand this
program to every law enforcement jurisdiction in the country by 2013."
"It's clear that
this program is working," said Baca. He cited several career criminals
who had, prior to his agency's participation in Secure Communities, gone
back and forth between incarceration and release. "It's one thing to
have crime in
"We use ? Secure
Communities to find out which inmates need to have their immigration
status looked at by ICE as soon as their local criminal case is over,"
said Garcia. With the Harris County, Texas, agency as one of the first
to participate in Secure Communities, "We're a national model of how the
program works smoothly at high volume."
Communities is an excellent program," said Barry. "The program
identifies individuals who are here in our country illegally and commit
serious crimes?There's no additional workload for our staff and does not
cost a dime to
enforcement numbers also climbed to historic high numbers in FY 2010,
with more audits of businesses than ever before, as well as increases in
prosecutions of employers who repeatedly and egregiously hire illegal
workers. Enforcing worksite laws not only promotes fairness in the
workplace, but it also substantially reduces the incentive for aliens to
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