October 17, 2012
Breitbart -- October 15, 2014
Deportations from the interior of the United States declined 34 percent this year from last, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, derived largely from an internal Department of Homeland Security document.
The CIS report released Wednesday and authored by the group's director of policy studies, Jessica Vaughan, details the decline in immigration enforcement and reveals that there remain nearly 167,000 convicted criminal immigrants with final orders of removal still in the United States and “currently at large.”
“Prosecutorial discretion as practiced by the Obama administration has transformed immigration enforcement into a massive catch-and-release program that makes a joke of the law, fails to deter illegal settlement, and allows even illegal aliens who commit crimes to remain here,” Vaughan said Wednesday.
“These policies inflict real harm on Americans and legal immigrants,” she continued, “in the form of lost jobs, depressed wages, additional social services, and even lost lives. In addition, with the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups around the world, our lax policies represent an unnecessary national security risk.”
Vaughn's data originates from a Sept. 22 "Weekly Departures and Detention Report (WRD)". The WRD, according to Vaugh's footnote, is authored by the Statistical Tracking Unit of the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Based on her report, the nearly 167,000 convicted criminal aliens “at large” are likely just the tip of the iceberg, as since Sept. 20 ICE officers reported 170,125 “encounters with aliens deemed a criminal threat.” Vaughn explained in her report that “just 90,500 criminal aliens were issued charging documents, indicating a startlingly large number --- potentially nearly 80,000 --- of illegal aliens with criminal histories who were able to escape deportation proceedings in 2014.”