(AP) WASHINGTON – A month after promising to focus on deporting the most serious criminal immigrants, the Obama administration says it has rounded up nearly 3,000 criminals.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday they have arrested 2,901 criminal immigrants in the last week.

The arrests come just a month after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that immigration officials would focus enforcement efforts on serious criminals and delay deportation cases for most non-criminal immigrants who don’t pose a threat to public safety or national security.

Homeland Security has been widely criticized for using fingerprints collected in local jails to identify and deport people arrested for minor traffic offenses and other misdemeanors. Napolitano has promised a case-by-case review of deportation cases to look for serious criminals to deport.

ICE Director John Morton said every single person arrested had at least one or more convictions and more than 1,600 had one or more felony convictions.

“These are not people who are making a positive contribution to their communities, they are not the kind of people we want walking our streets,” Morton said.

Comments (15)
  1. trj says:

    Yeah but they are not saying ANYTHING about the MILLIONS who made it into America.

  2. trj says:

    This is all a smokescreen to give illegal aliens amnesty.

  3. Mace says:

    Don’t worry, they will be getting 40 acres and a mule, food stamps and welfare LOL

  4. garbob says:

    They are not criminal immigrants. THEY ARE CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS. Once they’ve got most of the CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS they could then go after the NON CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS. Oh yeah I forgot ,ILLEGAL means they are all CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS

  5. James says:

    This is good news…..strip them off their legal status here and deport them back to their country of origin with a one-way ticket!

  6. James says:

    What a bunch of ignorant pukes here posting comments….the article never stated the word ILLEGAL….IGNORANT MORONS!

    1. termite says:

      Well James the implications here is getting the criminals and deporting them , I would say that that means ILLEGALS ,they just don’t have the Huevos to say it. You use the word ignorant pukes , ignorant throw ups , what kind of school did you attend .

  7. termite says:

    Just think they only have 1,999,999 to go , and Obumer wants immigration reform , I think we have his reform , in the form of a colonasstomy .

  8. lushrimbaugh says:

    How do we describe the 1994-2006 period of Republican control of the Federal Government? Failure? Wasted? Under achievement? True, the big margins in the House and Senate were not veto-proof, but the real power base of the Rs was not pushed to the maximum degree. In retrospect, the opportunity was there, the voting strength was there, and the popular issues were there. Yet the opportunity was — my word — squandered. It could be a long time before such an opportunity comes again.

  9. Lets kep it going. Round up and deport the other 15-30 million.

  10. old fart says:

    Deporting them is like setting them free because they can just return accross our wide open boarder.

  11. Jeff says:

    So how many were released again??? doesn’t say this. We need to round up all illegals plain and simple. Illegal is illegal.

  12. jc says:

    old fart is right on target if they are not locked up they will be right back across the border illegally. We need an island 2 hundred miles off shore with sharks circling it, no boats, no planes, no vehicles of any kind make them jump out of a helicopter, drop provisions(rice and beans, flour, oil) they can rub sticks together to build their fires. Election time is drawing near so the polititians have to do some thing fast in an attempt to impress. Same old same old.

    1. Rusty says:

      How about handing out the death penalty to illegals. That would be an effective deterrent before and after the commission of the crime.

  13. kristina says:

    Just curious for those who want all illegals out of the usa…. R u gonna go do field work all day and get paid practically nothing.. Don’t think so! As long as u eat fruits and vegetables u should be grateful. Ones that are here legally have become too lazy to do field work, therefore if all illegals are deported and unable to make it back across tell me who will plant and pick the fruit all day in the HOT weather and get low pay?

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