USA: ICE Enforcement Collapses Further in 2014

Immigration enforcement activity by ICE continued to decline significantly in 2014, according to ICE records.

  • Total deportations credited to ICE, the majority of which were illegal aliens arrested by the Border Patrol and CBP officers at the ports of entry, declined 15 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Deportations from the interior dropped 34 percent from last year, and are 58 percent lower than the peak in 2009.
  • The number of criminal aliens deported from the interior also declined 23 percent since last year, and declined by 39 percent since the peak in 2011.
  • Catch and release policies continue. In 2014, deportation processing was initiated for approximately 143,000 aliens out of the 585,000 aliens encountered by ICE agents. Tens of thousands of those let go had been labeled a criminal threat.
  • The number of aliens who have received a final order of removal, but who are still in the United States, has risen to nearly 900,000. Nearly 167,000 of these are convicted criminals who were released by ICE and are currently at large.

ICE enforcement records plainly refute claims of robust enforcement made by the Obama administration and its allies. Reports asserting “record” levels of enforcement have to rely on either cherry-picked metrics, comparisons of unlike sets of cases, or unconventional definitions to support this claim…