Over 267,000 immigrants deported from the U.S. in 2019

Felicia Persaud | 12/19/2019, 2:47 p.m.
A whopping 267,258 immigrants were deported from the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2019 according to the latest U.S. Immigration and ...
Foreign nationals were arrested during the week of February 6, 2017, during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens. Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A whopping 267,258 immigrants were deported from the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2019 according to the latest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fiscal Year 2019 Enforcement and Removal Operations data released last week.

That’s a slight increase from 256,085 in Fiscal Year 2018. Of that number, the majority, or over a quarter million of the immigrants removed, were Latin Americans, a News Americas analysis found. The exact number is 250,912.

Of that number, nationals from Mexico accounted for the largest number of deportees to the region with a whopping 127,492. They were followed by Guatemala with 54,919 nationals sent packing in 2019. The third largest number of deportees to the region went to Honduras with 41,800.

Meanwhile, over 5,000 Caribbean nationals were removed, or 5,379 to be exact, according to News Americas analysis of the ICE data.

Of that number, nationals from the Dominican Republic accounted for the largest number of deportees to the region with a whopping 2,186. They were followed by Cuba with 1,179 nationals sent packing in 2019.The third largest number of deportees to the region went to Jamaica. Seven hundred and fifty-one were sent back in Fiscal Year 2019 while 690 Haitians were given the boot.

African migrants sent back were put at over 1,500 while those deported to Asia numbered around 5,000.

European immigrants deported, including those from Australia and Russia, numbered around 2,000 while those sent back to the Middle East were around 900.

Of the total deportees, 150,141 were listed as convicted criminals. Some 93,459 were simply labelled as ‘Other Immigration Violator,’ many of whom had notices to appear or check in; while 23,658 were listed as immigrants with a ‘Pending Criminal Charge’ such as DUI and traffic offenses, which saw 74,523 and 68,236 immigrants, respectively, arrested, an astronomical jump over previous years.

Ironically, of all the talk of immigrant gang members coming to kill innocent Americans, just 5,497 known or suspected gang members were removed, a slight decrease from FY 2018. Those nabbed for homicide were only 1,923.

During FY 2019, a much greater percentage of ICE’s removals stemmed from only an initial apprehension by Customs Border Patrol or 68 percent, rather than an arrest by ICE or 32 percent.

And more stunning, was that during the fiscal year ERO removed 5,702 immigrants identified as family unit members based on U.S. Border Patrol apprehension data from the initial surge in FY 2014 through the end of FY 2019, as well as 6,351 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

This represents a 110 percent increase in removals of family unit members and a 14 percent increase in removals of UAC from FY 2018 to FY 2019. Most of all it is higher than any of the previous ten fiscal years.

This shows the assault on immigrants who are non-criminals in the true sense of the law is growing as the Donald Trump administration continues with its xenophobic mandate to ‘Make America White Again.’ Is it little wonder the GOP and its supporters are standing behind their man despite his continued denigration of the U.S. Constitution while siding with Russia and other foreign strong men?

The writer is publisher of NewsAmericasNow