I heard some rather crazy sounding numbers about the percentage of illegals who are detained and the percentage of them with criminal records yesterday so I did some investigating.
The numbers are indeed pretty staggering and far above the 10-20% I would have expected.
Taken directly from ICE in 2013
ICE conducted a total of 368,644 removals.
ICE conducted 133,551 removals of individuals apprehended in the interior of the U.S.
— 82 percent of all interior removals had been previously convicted of a crime.
ICE conducted 235,093 removals of individuals apprehended along our borders while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S.
59 percent of all ICE removals, a total of 216,810, had been previously convicted of a crime.
— ICE apprehended and removed 110,115 criminals removed from the interior of the U.S.
— ICE removed 106,695 criminals apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S.
98 percent of all ICE FY 2013 removals, a total of 360,313, met one or more of ICE’s stated civil immigration enforcement priorities.
Of the 151,834 removals of individuals without a criminal conviction, 84 percent, or 128,398, were apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S. and 95 percent fell within one of ICE’s stated immigration enforcement priorities.
From Politifact in 2015
According to CIS, there were more than 925,000 immigrants who had been ordered removed but were still in the country as of July 2015. And an estimated 20 percent of them had at least one criminal conviction — nearly all of whom were at large.
ICE: Yes, 75 Percent Of Illegal Immigrants We Arrested Have Criminal Records
I had absolutely no idea the numbers were actually this bad.