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Illegal Immigration

DHS Reports on How Many Federal Prisoners Are Illegals

Written by Joe Scudder

If we did not have illegal immigration our population of federal prisoners would be significantly smaller.

The Department of Homeland Security has recently reported on what percentage of federal prisoners are in the country illegally. Almost a fourth of federal prisoners are illegal aliens. That means, without illegal aliens committing crimes, there would only be around 75 percent as many federal prisoners as there are today.

That is a significant percentage! It shows one reason why immigration law is important.

The Washington Examiner reports, “DHS: 23% of all federal prisoners are illegals, just 7 of 42,034 saved from deportation.

Nearly one-quarter of all federal inmates are illegal immigrants and virtually all are in deportation proceedings or already face removal orders, according to a new Homeland Security report.

The Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons, fulfilling a presidential executive order requiring transparency on prisoner immigration status, said that it houses 187,855 inmates of which 42,034 are foreign born.

The DHS report said that only seven of those 42,034 have been granted deportation “relief.” According to DHS:

  • 19,749 (46.9 percent) are aliens who have received final orders of removal.

  • 21,121 (50.2 percent) are aliens who are under ICE investigation for possible removal.

  • 1,157 (2.8 percent) are aliens whose cases are pending adjudication before an Immigration Judge in the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).

  • 7 (.0002 percent) are aliens who have been granted relief.

Read the entire Washington Examiner story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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