TRAC Immigration (and anyone else with a pulse) begs to differ.
TRAC also found that the number of removal proceedings instituted against individuals with criminal grounds of removal has been steadily declining throughout the past year:During FY 2011 ICE initiated deportation proceedings against 188,770 individuals who were charged only with violating immigration rules. This amounted to 83.4 percent of the total cases. The proportion charged only with violating immigration rules was up slightly over levels in FY 2010 when 81.9 percent were so charged.
- 15.8 percent were charged with engaging in criminal activity during the first quarter period (October - December 2010);
- 15.1 percent during the second quarter (January - March 2011);
- 14.9 percent during the third quarter (April - June 2011); and
- 13.8 percent during the fourth quarter (July - September 2011).
- The average rate across the four quarters for FY 2011 was 14.9 percent.
Table 1. Deportation Proceedings Initiated in Immigration Courts by ICE,
October - December 2011
|Most Serious Charge||by Category||by Type|
|Total Individuals Charged||39,331|
|National Security / Terrorism||4|
|Entry Without Inspection||24,073|
Table 2. Trends in Charges Brought by ICE in Immigration Courts
|Most Serious Charge||Percent of Total (First Quarter)|
|FY 2010 Q1||FY 2011 Q1||FY 2012 Q1|
|Total Individuals Charged*||100%||100%||100%|
|National Security / Terrorism||0.03%||0.02%||0.01%|
Here is TRAC's press release that summarizes the lengths that the Obama Administration is going to hide the facts.
Syracuse, N.Y. — On January 4 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) appealed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning its response to TRAC's previous request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for case-by-case information covering all individuals who had been arrested, detained, charged, or deported from the country since FY 2005 (see TRAC's January 4 statement).
In our FOIA appeal, TRAC asked the agency to provide all of the information we had requested almost two years before and noted that what ICE had produced showed that many fewer individuals had been apprehended, deported or detained by the agency than had been claimed in its official statements. While not expressing an opinion about whether the discrepancies meant that ICE's public claims were grossly exaggerated or that it had improperly withheld records, we requested a formal investigation be instituted, perhaps by the Office of Inspector General.
On January 6, we received ICE's highly critical statement attacking Syracuse University's TRAC and the facts laid out in our appeal.
I implore you to consider donating to TRAC. They are leading the charge in the fight for truth and accountability. Something this President promised to do when he was campaigning for office.ICE's statement — while couched as criticisms of TRAC's "intellectual integrity" — did in essence acknowledge that TRAC's analysis was correct: the data released by the agency accounted for far fewer apprehensions than the agency stated it had carried out. That statement, however, did not explain why ICE's FOIA Office had earlier claimed that data to be complete. And ICE has not yet released the alleged missing data for the period in question. Thus, the public is still in the dark as to whether the agency actually has records that would back up its claims1.
How things "Change."