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Behind the rising deportations of 'criminals'

In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.”... Read more»

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Dec 5, 2014, 10:52 am
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And silly me thought it was a criminal offense to enter our country illegally. Is it really the point of this author that just because you enter the country illegally, you should not be deported??? Eugene, it looks like you are an open border advocate. At least this article does show that there are crimes committed by illegals (robbery burglary arson kidnapping rape) but oh my, that was only 12%. How lucky we are. So lets fill the courts with illegals and try to determine which level of crime they have committed. Absurd point of view Eugene.

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Dec 5, 2014, 12:14 pm
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As a general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain in the United States.

Congress has specified which aliens may be removed from the United States and the procedures for doing so. Aliens may be removed if they were inadmissible at the time of entry, have been convicted of certain crimes, or meet other criteria set by federal law. ... Removal is a civil, not criminal, matter.

U.S. Supreme Court, Arizona v. United States

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