Deportations of undocumented immigrants in the Pacific Northwest dropped 33 percent over a year.
The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reported a drop in deportations from 2012 to 2013 in the states of Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.
Last year, ICE removed about 4,500 undocumented immigrants from the region. Of those, more than 2/3 were convicted criminals.
Andrea Miller is the Executive Director of CAUSA Oregon. That’s an immigrant rights group. She says that while ICE has made criminal deportations a priority it has backed off on deporting others.
“The Obama administration passed a policy called DACA — Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals — which essentially allows undocumented young people under the age of 31 a temporary protection from deportation,” says Miller.
Under the Obama administration, ICE has deported immigrants in record numbers, surpassing 400,000 in 2012.
But last year, ICE deportations decreased by 10 percent nationwide.