Of­fi­cials: Im­mi­grants 22% of prison pop­u­la­tion

More than 42,000 counted in re­port

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY STEPHEN DINAN

A stun­ning 22 per­cent of in­mates in the fed­eral prison pop­u­la­tion are im­mi­grants who have ei­ther al­ready been deemed to be in the coun­try il­le­gally or who the gov­ern­ment is look­ing to put in de­por­ta­tion pro­ceed­ings, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said Tues­day.

Pres­i­dent Trump re­quested the num­bers as part of his ini­tial im­mi­gra­tion ex­ec­u­tive or­ders.

The 22 per­cent is much higher than the pop­u­la­tion of for­eign-born in the U.S. as a whole, which is about 13.5 per­cent.

All told, the gov­ern­ment counted more than 42,000 aliens in fed­eral pris­ons as of June 24.

About 47 per­cent al­ready face fi­nal de­por­ta­tion or­ders, mak­ing them il­le­gal im­mi­grants, and 3 per­cent are cur­rently in im­mi­gra­tion courts fac­ing de­por­ta­tion pro­ceed­ings.

Al­most all of the rest are be­ing probed by fed­eral agents look­ing to de­port them.

Im­mi­grants who com­mit se­ri­ous crimes, even if they once had le­gal sta­tus, can have that sta­tus re­voked and can be sub­ject to de­por­ta­tion, which ex­plains the high num­ber of cases where an alien is still be­ing probed by U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment.

The U.S. Mar­shal Ser­vice, mean­while, is hold­ing about 12,000 “sel­f­re­port­ing” aliens, and al­most all of them have al­ready been or­dered de­ported.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said they’re still work­ing to try to col­lect in­for­ma­tion on the for­eign-born pop­u­la­tion in state and lo­cal pris­ons and jails.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.