WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies reveals that interior enforcement activity in the United States is in a state of collapse, with declining arrests and deportations, and with tens of thousands of criminal aliens being released back to American communities, and many more illegal residents declared immune from enforcement.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records reveal that immigration enforcement activity has continued to decline significantly in 2014:

  • Total deportations credited to ICE, the majority of which were illegal aliens arrested by the Border Patrol and CBP officers at the ports of entry, declined 15 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Deportations from the interior dropped 34 percent from last year and are 58 percent lower than the peak in 2009.
  • The number of criminal aliens deported from the interior also declined 23 percent since last year and declined by 39 percent since the peak in 2011.
  • Catch-and-release policies continue: in 2014 deportation processing was initiated for only about 143,000 aliens out of the 585,000 encountered by agents. Tens of thousands of those let go by ICE agents had been labeled a criminal threat.
  • The number of aliens who have received a final order of removal but who are still in the United States has risen to nearly 900,000. Nearly 160,000 of these are convicted criminals who were released by ICE and are currently at large.

View the entire report at: http://cis.org/ICE-Enforcement-Collapses-Further-2014

"Prosecutorial discretion as practiced by the Obama administration has transformed immigration enforcement into a massive catch-and-release program that makes a joke of the law, fails to deter illegal settlement, and allows even illegal aliens who commit crimes to remain here," said Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies and author of the report. "These policies inflict real harm on Americans and legal immigrants, in the form of lost jobs, depressed wages, additional social services, and even lost lives. In addition, with the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups around the world, our lax policies represent an unnecessary national security risk."

The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.

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