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ICE Director Tries to Spin the Sharp Decrease in Deportations, Fails Miserably

It’s been widely reported by this point that deportations are at their lowest point in the last 10 years. There are over 179,000 illegal immigrants convicted of various crimes who are currently living in the United States.

Now we find out that the deportations of criminal aliens have dropped to less than half the amount deported in 2011- and it isn’t because the amount of criminal aliens in the U.S. has decreased.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldana testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to try and explain the drop in numbers, and it didn’t go well.

Breitbart News reports: 

“According to the information we’ve obtained in 2011 your agency, ICE, removed 150,000 criminal aliens from the interior,” [Senator Jeff] Sessions said. “In Fiscal Year ’12 it dropped to 135,000, in Fiscal Year ’13 it dropped to 110,000, in Fiscal Year ’14 to 86,000. And in Fiscal Year ’15, this year, we believe the number is only around 63,000.”

Saldana argued that 59 percent of the removals were criminals that were part of the administration’s priorities. “Those three priorities I mentioned in my opening statement, which are mostly criminals. And, again, sir, once again 59 percent of all of those that were removed were criminal aliens. That is a record-breaking percentage of the people that we removed,” Saldana said.

Sessions responded: “Forgive me if that doesn’t make me feel good because the numbers are dropping dramatically. So, you’re dropping down on other removals and you’re defining upward what you consider to be criminal and you’re saying it makes up a larger percentage of the very much smaller pie. Isn’t that correct?”

“Yes sir,” Saldana responded…

Ouch. Maybe the ICE Director failed to defend the sharp decrease in deportations simply because it’s indefensible. There is no reason why an entire agency dedicated to the enforcement of immigration and customs laws can’t manage to get the job done. They have an annual budget of approximately $6 billion (that’s billion, with a “B”).

So what exactly are they doing over there?

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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