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INS DEPORTED RECORD NUMBER OF ALIENS AND CRIMINALS IN FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1992

 INS DEPORTED RECORD NUMBER OF ALIENS AND CRIMINALS
 IN FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1992
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) deported a record 35,390 aliens after formal proceedings in the latest fiscal year, nearly half of them because of criminal or drug convictions in the United States, Gene McNary, commissioner, announced today.
 In addition, 1,068,882 aliens were removed voluntarily after waiving their rights to deportation hearings.
 The deportations in FY 1992 increased 25 percent from the preceding year largely because of INS emphasis on removal of aliens convicted of crimes, including drug violations. "The increase in criminal removals reflects the success of our effort to hold deportation hearings for convicted felons while they are serving prison terms and to deport them immediately when they finish their sentences," McNary said.
 Criminal deportations increased to a record high 16,841 last year, double the level of FY 1990 and nearly 30 percent more than FY 1991.
 McNary said: "The increased criminal deportations demonstrate the administration's commitment to the war on drugs and crime. By removing alien criminals under formal deportation proceedings we can ensure they no longer pose a threat in this country, and if they attempt re-entry they can be prosecuted for that violation."
 San Diego deported more aliens than any other INS district, with 8,195, including 4,673 criminals. Other districts leading in deportation activities included Phoenix (4,541), El Paso (3,933), and Harlingen, Texas (3,202), and Los Angeles (2,672). San Diego also led in criminal deportations, followed by Phoenix (2,745), Los Angeles (1,592), San Francisco (1,149), and New Orleans (1,096).
 Mexico remains the country to which more aliens are deported than any other, with 25,411 Mexicans (including 12,657 criminals) being returned. Other countries to which the United States returned substantial numbers of criminal aliens included Colombia (664), El Salvador (648), the Dominican Republic (642) and Jamaica (607). No other country accounted for more than 300 deported criminals.
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 /CONTACT: Verne Jervis or Duke Austin of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of Press Information, 202-514-2648/ CO: Immigration and Naturalization Service ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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