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10% of entire prison population are immigrants eligible for deportation

According to Julie Myers, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE"), around 10% of the total U.S. prison population are immigrants who could be deported (link). In order to avoid confusion (see the David Leonhardt/New York Times smear of Lou Dobbs), it's important to note that that doesn't just include federal prisons but all prisons and jails at the federal, state and local level. And, it also includes persons in various immigration statuses who are eligible for deportation, not just those who were illegal aliens at the time of committing the crime.

Myers presented her plans to work to deport those criminals to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and estimated that the cost could be over $2 billion per year. Her plan involves information sharing between various agencies.

Both Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Harold Rogers (R-KY) seem to support deporting the criminals, with the former raising questions about the efficacy of her plan and the latter saying just that the plan needs work. The fact that a Democrat is raising questions raises questions of its own, but on the other hand the plan is coming from Myers so there probably are some issues with it.

Immigration2008a · Sat, 03/29/2008 - 11:31 · Importance: 4

Sat, 03/29/2008 - 20:57
Mary

Yeah let's deport them so they can waltz right back in and do more crimes....the revovling door is open 24 hours!!!

Sun, 03/30/2008 - 05:23
hepcat

The same people who tell us that immigrants commit virtually no crime now are citing that huge prisoner number and saying it would be impractical and too expensive to deport such a huge number of people. They love to play it both ways and this is the latest example. For instance, they constantly say illegal immigrants pay taxes, more taxes than they consume in services but also say we most give amnesty so that they can come out of the shadows of the black market economy and start to pay taxes .

Thu, 04/03/2008 - 17:11
Smitty

"around 10% of the total U.S. prison population are immigrants who could be deported" Nice world play Ms Myers, what % are "aliens" (not immigrants) which could also be deported? And what % of prison inmates are immigrants anyway? What % are immigrants which cannot be deported?