DOJ releases data on number of incarcerated illegal alien criminals

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In accordance with Section 16 of President Trump’s immigration enforcement executive order requiring the DOJ to “collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts,” the Justice Department released data Tuesday indicating that a staggering number of incarcerated non-citizens within the federal prison system are subject to deportation.

Of 45,493 foreign-born inmates currently in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, 41,554 are non-citizens.

According to the DOJ, nearly 54 percent of those non-citizen inmates have been issued final orders of removal, which could result in a drastic reduction of the federal prison population if they were deported at the same time.

Here is a breakdown of the DOJ’s data approximations for its first quarterly report as of March 25, 2017:

  • 22,541 (54.2 percent) are aliens for which final immigration orders have been issued for their removal.
  • 13,886 (33.4 percent) are aliens who are under ICE investigation for possible removal.
  • 5,101 (12.3 percent) are aliens still pending adjudication (in other words, ICE has charged these aliens as removal cases, but a final disposition has not yet been reached).
  • 26 (0.1 percent) are aliens who have been granted relief on the basis of asylum claims.

The DOJ’s data only reports on the immigration status of federal prisoners, though it claims it’s “in the process” of establishing a data collection program for incarcerated illegal immigrants in state prisons and local jails.

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) –responsible for the housing and care of federal pretrial detainees– has implemented a program to capture data on the immigration status of arrestees (place of birth, citizenship country, and alien number), and enters the data into the Justice Detainee Information System (JDIS).

The USMS is required to submit data transfers regarding foreign-born inmates to ICE on a daily basis, the first of which occurred on April 5, 2017 and was associated with 19,000 foreign-born detainees.

ICE analyzes the data to make a determination on the immigration status of each inmate and then releases the information back to the department, which is in charge of providing an updated status report.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to make the expedited deportation of incarcerated illegal immigrants from federal prisons a top priority.

“Illegal aliens who commit additional crimes in the United States are a threat to public safety and a burden on our criminal justice system,” Sessions said in a statement on Tuesday. “This is why we must secure our borders through a wall and effective law enforcement, and we must strengthen cooperation between federal, state and local governments as we strive to fulfill our sacred duty of protecting and serving the American people.”

H/T: U.S. Dept of Justice

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