The United States deported the largest amount of people in the last year in the nation’s history, immigration officials say.
John Morton, the director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says the agency deported nearly 400,000 individuals during the fiscal year 2011 that just ended in September.
ICE said about 55 percent of those deported had felony or misdemeanor convictions.
More than 1 million undocumented immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office in January 2009.
Officials said the number of deported individuals who had been convicted of crimes was up 89 percent from 2008. But officials could not immediately say how many of those crimes were related to immigration violations.