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Sunday, March 10, 2013


ST.LUCIANEWSONLINE.COM reports that a total of 28 St. Lucians were deported from the the US last year. Of those, 14 had criminal convictions.

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Twenty-eight St. Lucians were sent packing from the United States in 2012, according to figures from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).

According to a report 14 were sent to St. Lucia because of criminal convictions and 14 as well for what ICE described as ‘non-criminal’.

The St. Lucian deportees with criminal convictions were among 4,898 criminal immigrants who were sent back to the Caribbean last year.

A “criminal alien” is defined under U.S. immigration laws as a migrant who is convicted of a crime.

Most of those deported were sent back for murders and sex and drug crimes, according to ICE.

Non-criminal immigrants deported to the Caribbean totaled 1,612.

In total, the number of all immigrants sent back to the Caribbean region in 2012 was put at 6,510 by ICE. For the Caribbean in 2012, the highest number of criminal deportees, 2264, were sent back to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica was second with 1,213.

ICE deported 41 to Dominica: 19 with criminal convictions and 22 as ‘non-criminal.’

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director, John Morton, said the US administration’s focus remains on removing from the country, convicted criminals and other individuals who fall into priority areas for enforcement.

“Smart and effective immigration enforcement relies on setting priorities for removal and executing on those priorities,” he said. “In order to further enhance our ability to focus enforcement efforts on serious offenders, we are changing who ICE will issue detainers against.”

He said the 2012 report indicates that progress is being made in removing criminal elements from the US. “We are constantly looking for ways to ensure that we are doing everything we can to utilize our resources in a way that maximizes public safety,” Morton stated.

The rates for other CARICOM countries were as follows:
Haiti :

758 total removals (568 criminal and 190 non-criminal);
Trinidad and Tobago:
242 total removals (187 criminal and 55 non-criminal);
217 total removals (152 criminal and 65 non-criminal);

182 total removals (154 criminal and 28 non-criminal);
The Bahamas:

123 total removals (98 criminal and 25 non-criminal);

66 total removals (55 criminal and 11 non-criminal);

50 total removals (45 criminal and 5 non-criminal);

41 total removals (19 criminal and 22 non-criminal);
St. Kitts-Nevis:

40 total removals (32 criminal and 8 non-criminal);
Antigua & Barbuda:

36 total removals (25 criminal and 11 non-criminal)

25 total removals (15 criminal and 10 non-criminal);

6 total removals (6 criminal and 0 non-criminal);

8 total removals (5 criminal and 3 non-criminal);

6 total removals (6 criminal and 0 non-criminal);

2 total removals (2 criminal and 0 non-criminal);

1 total removal (0 criminal and 1 non-criminal);
Cayman Islands:

1 total removals (1 criminal and 0 non-criminal);

For Latin America, Mexico topped the list with 289,686 total removals including174,003 criminal and 115,683 non-criminals while Guatemala was second with 40,498 total removals (14,251 criminal and 26,247 non-criminal).


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