US President-elect Donald Trump has said that he will deport three million undocumented immigrants “immediately” after assuming office. In a television interview to CBS, his first after being elected President, he said that he will assort people by their criminal records. “…we’re getting them out of the country, they’re here illegally,” he said. Immigration was a top issue in his campaign, and Trump’s promises are about to be put to the test. A look at immigrants in the US by the numbers:
Immigrants in US illegally: about 11 million.
Criminal immigrants: As of 2012, government estimated 1.9 million immigrants were convicted criminals and could face deportation.
Criminal immigrants in US illegally: Migration Policy Institute in Washington estimates about 820,000 of the criminal immigrants came illegally.
Deportations under President Barack Obama: More than 2.5 million.
Deportation costs: Average cost of each deportation is about $12,500, according to a 2011 government estimate.
Immigration court backlog: More than 521,000 cases pending in federal immigration court, according to Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
Immigrants with pending deportation orders: 88,128 as of 2015, according to Executive Office for Immigration Review at Justice Department.
Young immigrants protected from deportation by Obama administration: More than 741,000 approved for deferred action, which shields them from deportation and authorizes them to legally work.
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Border fence: About 650 miles of fencing already in place along U.S. border with Mexico, in parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Length of US-Mexico border: Roughly 2,000 miles.
Border Patrol agents: 18,321 agents patrol US border with Mexico.
Arrests at border: 408,870 people were arrested trying to cross border illegally during 2016 budget year that ended Sept. 30.