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Jamaicans among top 10 nationals deported in 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013 | 9:25 AM    

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WASHINGTON (CMC) - The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says Jamaicans were among the top 10 nationals deported in 2013.

In announcing the year-end removal numbers on Thursday, ICE said the top 10 deportees were from Latin America and the Caribbean.

One thousand, one hundred and nineteen Jamaicans were deported in fiscal year 2013 while 2,462 nationals from the Dominican Republic were also deported.

The immigration agency said Mexico continues to be the leading country of origin for those removed, followed by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The figures for Mexico show 241,493 deportees; Guatemala 47,769; Honduras 37,049; El Salvador 21,602; Ecuador 1,616; Brazil 1,500; Colombia 1,429; and Nicaragua 1,383.

ICE said 98 per cent of the agency's total removals were convicted criminals, recent border crossers, illegal re-entrants, or those previously removed in line with agency's enforcement priorities.

These figures highlight ICE's ongoing commitment to primary immigration enforcement missions: "the apprehension of criminal aliens and other immigration violators in the interior of the United States; and the detention and removal of individuals apprehended by ICE and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States,” ICE said.

ICE’s acting director, John Sandweg, said the 2013 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 in partnership with CBP.”

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