Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

Report Casts Doubt on whether ICE is Really Targeting Immigrants with Serious Criminal Histories.

A report commissioned by the Northwest Defenders Association questions the Obama administration's continued claim that ICE mainly targets immigrants with serious criminal charges and histories.  The report was written by Katherine Beckett, Ph.D., and is entitled Immigration Detainer Requests in King County, Washington: Costs and Consequences.  

From the executive summary:

Nearly two-thirds of the people flagged by ICE were not charged with a felony offense associated with their booking, and approximately one in eight were not charged with any crime at all. Moreover, only one in five people subject to ICE detainer requests and who were charged with a crime had been previously convicted of a felony in Washington State; only 18% had been convicted of a crime against a person in the state. These findings suggest that most people flagged by ICE have not been convicted of a serious crime.

Dr. Beckett also determined that on average people subject to ICE detainers stay in jail 29.2 days longer than others, and that ICE detainer requests result in the increase of an immigrant's detention by 161%.

This isn't anything that readers of this blog don't already know, as there have been numerous reports debunking the administration's claims that the "vast majority" of deportations involve criminal aliens.

Click here to read the full report.

About The Author

Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

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