Yesterday the government released numbers for deportations for the 2013 fiscal year. For the 2013 fiscal year, the overall number of deportations declined by 10 percent from the previous year to 368,644.
Most of the deportees were arrested as they attempted to enter the country, while about a third were arrested in the interior of the country. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement indicated that nearly 60 percent of those removed had been convicted of a crime, but that leaves about another 40% who were removed without a criminal conviction.
Despite the decline in deportations, activists are still pushing for a moratorium on deportations until some sort of immigration reform can be passed legislatively. This week a Pew Study was published showing that a majority of Hispanics prioritize deportation relief over a pathway to citizenship. Over the weekend, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out about the pace of deportations calling some of them “totally unjustified.”