Deportations of Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Convictions Up 140 Percent in Houston Area

June non-criminal removals increased to 655 in the Houston area of operation from 271 in June of 2017. 


This Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by ICE shows a foreign national being arrested during a targeted enforcement operation aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles.

Recent data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) show a 142 percent spike in deportations of immigrants with no criminal convictions from June 2017 to June 2018.

June non-criminal removals increased to 655 in the Houston region from 271 in June of 2017.

The uptick in non-criminal deportations is due to the addition of some 500 beds in local detention facilities, according to a written statement by ICE.


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“To accommodate a surge in the number of national immigration-related arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased the capacity of its detention facilities in the Houston Field Office area of responsibility by approximately 500 beds. This increase in the detained population in the Houston Field Office led to a corresponding increase in the number of removals that occurred in June 2018,” the statement said.

Non-criminal ICE arrests in the area are up 18 percent to 337, looking at June numbers year-on-year.

Deportations of immigrants convicted of crimes increased by 13 percent to 947 in the same time period.

ICE arrests of immigrants convicted of crimes decreased by 10 percent to 957.

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Elizabeth Trovall

Elizabeth Trovall

Immigration Reporter

Elizabeth Trovall is an immigration reporter for Houston Public Media. She joined the News 88.7 team after several years abroad in Santiago, Chile, where she reported on business, energy, politics and culture. Trovall's work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, Latino...

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