partlycloudy
Friday February 12th, 2016 11:18AM

Deportations decrease in Ga., Carolinas

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- The number of deportations from Georgia and the Carolinas has dropped over the past three years, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement records.

ICE officials in Atlanta, who are responsible for the region, ordered about 14,740 removals in fiscal year 2013, which ended in September, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/1epPB4P ) reported Sunday. The number of removals is down from 2011, when nearly 23,000 people were deported.

Federal officials have reported more deportations from border states, and the percentage of deportations involving criminals increased to 59 percent in 2013 from 55 percent in 2012, according to ICE records.

The Obama administration in 2011 announced it was shifting focus to deporting recent border crossers, serious criminals and people who posed threats to national security.

Data on the number of people who have been deported has garnered criticism from advocates on both sides of the issue.

The Center for Immigration Studies pushes for stricter immigration guidelines. The organization's Director of Policy Studies, Jessica Vaughan, said that a recent Pew Research Center report estimates that the number people living in America without legal permission grew to nearly 11.7 million between 2011 and 2012.

"The metric that counts in terms of measuring our effectiveness in addressing illegal immigration is the size of the illegal population," Vaughan said.

Frank Sharry, founder of immigrant rights organization America's Voice, said despite the increase in the percentage of criminals being deported, the federal government is still removing too many people who have no criminal history. According to federal records, more than, 151,800 people with no criminal history were deported in the last fiscal year.

"It just galls us that you have deportation machinery that seems to be driven by quotas and politics, not by sound law enforcement prioritization," Sharry said.
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 1 year ago )
High court to adopt electronic filing of cases
The Supreme Court is belatedly developing an electronic filing system similar to those used in courts around the country, Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday in his annual end-of-year report.
7:57PM ( 1 year ago )
Storm brings snow, cold to West for New Year's
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
5:19PM ( 1 year ago )
U.S. News
State DOT awards $48M contract for NE Ga. road project
The state Department of Transportation has awarded a $47.8 million contract for nine miles of work on a northeast Georgia road.
9:37AM ( 1 year ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 1 year ago )
Hall County conviction, sentencing to be reviewed by SCOGA
The State Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a Hall County man when they reconvene in January.
2:37PM ( 1 year ago )
Maysville man dies from Banks County wreck
The Georgia State Patrol reports that alcohol and/or drugs were factors a single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of a Maysville man in Banks County Tuesday night.
11:07AM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists; party leaders rally around him
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
6:08PM ( 1 year ago )
Conviction of Putin foe sets off protest in Moscow
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.
6:03PM ( 1 year ago )
More Georgians signing up for health insurance
A federal report says more Georgians have selected health insurance plans through a federally facilitated marketplace.
4:16PM ( 1 year ago )
Politics
Fire official: South Hall fire started around chimney
‚ÄčInvestigators believe a Thursday afternoon fire that damaged a home in South Hall County was accidental and started near the chimney, fire officials said Friday morning.
10:15AM ( 1 hour ago )
Weekend work to close lane of Dawsonville Highway bridge over Lanier
‚ÄčTransportation crews are expected to block one lane of Ga. 53 West or Dawsonville Highway over Lake Lanier in Hall County over the weekend.
8:36AM ( 2 hours ago )
NAACP, Common Cause file suit over cuts from Georgia voter list
The Georgia NAACP and Common Cause Georgia filed a lawsuit this week against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, arguing that his office has illegally eliminated people from the state's registered voter list.
By The Associated Press
8:23AM ( 2 hours ago )
Three guards from Buford prison among those arrested in drug trafficking sting
Among the four dozen Georgia prison guards arrested as part of the FBI's Operation Ghost Guard were three former correctional officers at Phillips State Prison in Buford.
By AccessWDUN staff
6:16AM ( 5 hours ago )
South Hall wedding venue approved by county commissioners
The Hall County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 42 acre tract of land in South Hall as an agri-entertainment venue to house weddings and other gatherings at its voting session Thursday night at the Hall County Government Center.
10:20PM ( 12 hours ago )