From Southern California Public Radio:
Last year, a record-breaking 409,849 immigrants were removed from the United States. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has yet to unveil its deportation numbers for all of fiscal year 2012, which ended Sept. 30, but ICE numbers released through Sept. 7 suggest a downward trend: 343,020 immigrants removed since last Oct. 1, when the fiscal year began…The seeming slowdown this year points to a few factors, for starters, that “they’re running out of the easy cases" as more people with some kind of criminal offense are targeted and deported, said Louis DeSipio, a political scientist at UC Irvine.

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