WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released its removal numbers for Fiscal Year 2013, showing a decrease in the number of illegal immigrants and criminal aliens removed. Specifically, ICE removed roughly 369,000 individuals in FY 2013, which is a 41,000 decrease from the previous year, and the removal of criminal aliens decreased from 225,400 last year to 217,000 this year. Additionally, the removal of fugitives with final orders of deportation has decreased by over 40% and for repeat immigration violators it has dramatically declined by over 15%. Upon closer look, over 60% of the deportations claimed by ICE were actually removals of recent illegal border crossers who were apprehended by the Border Patrol and transferred briefly to ICE custody before removal.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte released the statement below on the removal numbers for FY 2013:
"Today's removal numbers from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement is just more evidence that the Obama Administration refuses to enforce our immigration laws. Throughout the past five years, President Obama has sought to undermine and dismantle our immigration laws at every opportunity possible. And the results of this comprehensive plan are revealed in this year's removal statistics: deportations are down and fewer criminals have been deported. And the Administration is padding its already meager removal numbers by including Border Patrol apprehensions.
"The Administration's fuzzy math undermines the integrity of our immigration system and puts our communities needlessly at risk. While the Obama Administration may gain applause from its political base for its inaction, they will ultimately lose in the court of public opinion. Our immigration laws do need to be reformed but ignoring the current laws on the books is not constructive to fixing our broken system."