U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials last week said illegal alien deportations from Washington, Oregon and Alaska have increased almost 40 percent over last year, according to the Associated Press. 7,345 illegal aliens were deported during the first nine months of the fiscal year, up from 5,256 for the same period last year. ICE officials said the increase is partially due to an expansion of the Criminal Alien Program, which enables federal, state and local officials to work together to identify illegal aliens with criminal records and deport them. Over 2,000 of the illegal aliens deported during this period had prior criminal convictions. Interior enforcement actions, such as the raid at a manufacturing plant in Arlington, Wash. Last month where 32 illegal aliens were arrested, also helped to bump up the number of deportations. The number of deportations nationwide during the period increased about 11 percent from 210,000 to more than 234,000.
Updated: Wed, Jul 5th 2017 @ 2:33pm EDT