Some 5,872 illegal aliens were reported as known or suspected gang members and 42 were believed to be terrorists, according to the report.
(LMTonline) Amid President Donald Trump’s push for tighter immigration policies, the United States deported more than 256,000 illegal immigrants in 2018 – the highest number since the Obama administration, new data shows.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Ronald Vitello announced Friday that in the past fiscal year, which ended in September, ICE has detained “a record number” of illegal immigrants and that the number of those deported has risen about 13 percent since 2017. The data, which comes from a new agency report, shows that 145,262 of those who were deported were convicted criminals and that 22,796 had criminal charges pending against them.
In addition, some 5,872 illegal aliens were reported as known or suspected gang members and 42 were believed to be terrorists, according to the report.
The number of families and unaccompanied children who were deported also increased. ICE said that 2,711 who were traveling in families and 5,571 unaccompanied children were removed from U.S. soil.
“We’ve continued to achieve gains in all meaningful enforcement measurements,” Vitello said, despite significant underfunding. The strain on resources is a consequence of current border crisis, he said.
“With the continued surge and without congressional action to fund the agency at adequate levels, ICE may be forced to make difficult choices that could hamper our ability to fulfill our public safety or national security mission,” he added, noting that the agency does not want to release detainees due to budgetary constraints because it would create a public safety risk…Original Source…