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Under way: A quiet deportation boom

The U.S. has stepped up deportation of illegal immigrants to record levels, including parents of American-born children.

Under way: A quiet deportation boom

The number of illegal immigrants deported by the United States doubled in the decade from 2001 to 2011, to almost 400,000 in fiscal 2012.. The federal government was on track in 2012 to deport more parents of legal American children than were deported in the prior ten years added together. One in five deportees in the first half of 2011 had children born in the United States.

Click on today’s infographic for more. Meanwhile, illegal immigration from Mexico has slowed since 2005 to the point where there are now slightly more returnees to Mexico than there are immigrants. See “What Do Others Say?” for a roundup of opinions on this often emotional subject, then join the discussion below. Does today’s fact surprise you?

What do others say?

  • : Harvard Educational Review: “Growing up in the shadows” More

  • : US Department of Homeland Security: Memo from Secretary Janet Napolitano: More

  • : USA Today: “22 percent of deportees have US-born children” More

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