If you listen to the folks at DHS, you would think that we've only been deporting hardened criminals in the last couple of years. It is true that many criminals have been deported, but ICE has still been busy deporting ordinary people guilty only of lacking the proper immigration status. And according to the information in a Freedom of Information Act data set obtained by Colorlines, nearly 23% of all indviduals deported had American citizen kids. DHS will claim that most of these parents were criminals, but a lot of these people are not criminals in the sense that most Americans would believe. For example, driving offenses count as crimes. And 40% of those deported for being criminals were charged with the lowest level crimes.