The U.S. government deported about 369,000 immigrants, including a number of Brazilians, Ecuadorians and Guatemalans during fiscal year 2013, according to new statistics from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released last month.
With 241,493 Mexicans deported from the United States in 2013, Mexico continued to be the leading country of origin for those who were removed, followed by other Latin American countries such as Guatemala (47,769), Honduras (37,049), El Salvador (21,602) and the Dominican Republic (2,462).
The other countries in the top 10 include Ecuador (1,616), Brazil (1,500), Colombia (1,429), Nicaragua (1,383) and Jamaica (1,119).
Nearly 60 percent (216,810) of the total deported immigrants, the year-end report showed, had been previously convicted of a crime, the highest percentage of removals (59 percent) recorded for the previous five fiscal years.
Of this number, ICE apprehended and deported 110,115 individuals with a criminal conviction from within the country and another 106,695 at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter or re-enter the United States.
“The FY2013 numbers make clear that we are enforcing our nation’s laws in a smart and effective way, meeting our enforcement priorities by focusing on convicted criminals while also continuing to secure our nation’s borders,” said Acting Director John Sandweg. “Ninety eight percent of those removed in the last year met one of our key priorities