MPI Provides Analysis on How Deportations Could Be Reduced
On October 16, the Migration Policy Institute released a new report entitled “Deportation and Discretion: Reviewing the Record and Options for Change.” The report is full of data on deportations of illegal aliens over a ten-year period (2003-2013). It looks at how the pattern of deportations has changed during the Obama administration compared to the pattern during the preceding Bush administration.The report is not just benign statistical analysis, however. It goes on to analyze how deportations might be further reduced. That is apparently aimed at the Obama administration’s stated interest in policy changes that could be made by executive action to liberalize immigration enforcement. The report identifies the following steps that could reduce the number of deportations:
- Exclude immigration crimes, e.g., failure to report for deportation. This could eliminate 7 percent of current deportations.
- Exclude traffic offenses other than DUI. This would be another 7 percent reduction.
- Exclude convictions for minor crimes (level 3). An 11 percent reduction.
- Exclude convictions for all non-violent crimes. A 15 percent reduction.
- Exclude failure to report for deportation. A 7 percent reduction.
- Exclude failure to report for deportation if more than 5 years earlier. An 8 percent reduction.
- Limit the period of illegal presence in the U.S. constituting recent arrival. If reduced from the current 4 years to 3 years – a 7 percent reduction. If reduced to 1 or 2 years, an 8 percent reduction. If reduced to 14 days, a 9 percent reduction.
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