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ICE reports record number of removals from U.S.

396,909 people in the country illegally were removed in fiscal year 2011

  • Pinal County Sheriff's deputies turn over four illegal immigrants to Border Patrol agents on Oct. 10.
    Pinal County Sheriff's OfficePinal County Sheriff's deputies turn over four illegal immigrants to Border Patrol agents on Oct. 10.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed a record number of people from the United States during the 2011 fiscal year, the agency announced Tuesday.

ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations removed 396,906 people — nearly 55 percent with criminal histories, an increase of 89 percent since the 2008 fiscal year, the agency said.

Included among the 216,698 people with criminal records were 1,119 convicted of homicide, 5,848 convicted of sexual offenses, 44,653 for drug-related crimes and 35,927 were convicted for driving under the influence, ICE reported.

Ninety percent of all of the agency’s removals fell into a priority category, with more than two-thirds who were either recent border crossers or repeat violators, the agency said.

"Smart and effective immigration enforcement relies on setting priorities for removal and executing on those priorities," said ICE Director John Morton in a press release.

"These year-end totals indicate that we are making progress, with more convicted criminals, recent border-crossers, egregious immigration law violators and immigration fugitives being removed from the country than ever before," he said.

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