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Forced Apart (By the Numbers) Non-Citizens Deported Mostly for Nonviolent Offenses

por Human Rights Watch Report Última modificación 08/04/2010 13:22 Abril 2009

A 2007 Human Rights Watch report found that non-citizens who have lived in the United States for decades, including lawful permanent residents (persons with “green cards”), have been summarily deported from the country for criminal conduct, including minor crimes. The deportations occur after the non-citizen has finished serving his or her criminal sentence. They have had devastating effects upon many American families, hence the title of that 2007 report, “Forced Apart: Families Separated and Immigrants Harmed by United States Deportation Policy.”1 The laws allowing for these deportations (or “removals”)2 were passed in 1996 and went into effect 12 years ago, in April 1997. This report reveals for the first time exactly which kinds of non-citizens have been deported from the United States between 1997 and 2007 under these laws, and for what types of crimes. Our analysis is based on data Human Rights Watch obtained in August 2008 from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), after a two-and-a-half-year battle under the Freedom of Information Act, described in detail in the appendix to “Forced Apart.” We requested these data (the “ICE data” or the “ICE dataset”) to better document the human rights violations, including impacts upon families, that occur in the course of these deportations. We also sought the data so that policymakers and the public could be better informed about ICE’s use of its enforcement powers and resources. In fiscal year 2007 alone, the agency spent $2.24 billion on identification, detention, and removal of non-citizens, and a minimum of $300 million of that total was specifically earmarked for deportations on criminal grounds.3

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