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FY 2011 Removal Numbers Total Nearly 400,000

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced its removal numbers for FY 2011 which totaled nearly 400,000, the largest number of removals in the agency’s history. These numbers reflect the agency’s goal in prioritizing its resources towards the removal of individuals who fall within its target enforcement areas, including the removal of convicted criminals, those who pose a threat to national security, recent border crossers, and repeat immigration law offenders and immigration fugitives. Specifically, ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations removed 396,906 persons, and of these, nearly 55 percent or 216,698 of those removed were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors. The breakdown is as follows: 1,119 aliens convicted of homicide; 5,848 aliens convicted of sexual offenses; 44,653 aliens convicted of drug related crimes; and 35,927 aliens convicted of driving under the influence. The remaining 45% percent were civil immigration offenses with more than two-thirds involving recent border crossers or repeat immigration violators.