Record Number of Deportations

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security announced today that it had deported 396,000 individuals in the last year – the largest number in the agency’s history. The deportations were carried out in fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30. Nearly 55 percent of deportees had criminal convictions while 45 percent had not been convicted of any crime.

"At $23,000 per individual to go through the complete deportation process, immigration enforcement without fixing our broken system is not sustainable," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. 

The announcement came on the same day as two television networks air separate exposés on the immigration detention system. "Lost in Detention," on PBS’ Frontline, will examine the Obama administration's expanded immigration enforcement apparatus, including the controversial Secure Communities program and the immigration detention system. CNBC's documentary, "Billions Behind Bars," will examine the multi-billion dollar prison industry, including profits made from the detention of immigrants.