On Friday, the Center for Immigration Studies, published statistics showing that more than 925,000 illegal immigrants are walking the streets of the United States despite government orders for their deportation.
More than 170,000 of them have been convicted of crimes in the U.S.
Those numbers indicate that nearly 1 in 10 people living in the U.S. illegally have already been ordered to leave, but are defying federal immigration authorities.
At the end of 2015 there were more than 172,000 ‘criminal aliens’ at large in the U.S. after deportation orders
The CIS policy studies director, Jessica Vaughan, told The Washington Times that only a tiny fraction of the deported aliens that have not left the country are already in custody.
Vaughan stated “The fact that almost 10 percent of the illegal resident population has already been ordered removed and is still here illustrates just how dysfunctional our immigration enforcement system is.” She also said “It also should be of great concern that 20 percent of them are conviction criminals, and that most of these are at large in our communities.”
Many of these illegal aliens are either people whose home countries refuse to take them back, however, U.S. authorities lack a legal basis to keep them locked up.
Others are released from jails in so-called ‘sanctuary cities,’ and others simply go on the run.
Last year, 179,040 new ‘final orders of removal’ were issued to deport criminal aliens who haven’t left.
Vaughan cited data that she said came from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A majority of the 925,193 aliens hail from just four countries: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Mexico alone accounts for 200,000 of them, and one-third of them are convicts.
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