So far the evidence we've got:
(1) The Breitbart Article About the CIS Article by Jessica Vaughan
(2) The CIS Article "Catch and Release" by Jessica Vaughan, March 31, 2014.
(3) A document purported to be an interior ICE document linked at the bottom of the Breitbart article in PDF.
I want to introduce another piece of data into the consideration here:
(4) Official ICE Report for FY 2013 Removals
relevant page at the ICE website where that file is presented is ICE 2013 Removals
(1) The Breitbart Article basically just snips out material from (2) "Catch and Release" so I consider (2) the primary document of the two.
Page 2 of item (3) above is a summary page. It lists "FY 13 Encounters" as 721,976 (I believe Ms. Vaughan rounds this off to 722,000 in her report).
It lists "FY 2013 CDI" as 194,861 (I believe Ms. Vaughan rounds this off to 195,000 in her report.). Page 1 of Item (3) is the Table of Contents for
the report and defines "CDI" as "Charging Documents Issued." Ms. Vaughan then contends that 722,000 - 195,000 equals "hundreds of thousands" that
could have been deported that weren't because of lax Obama guidelines, according to Ms. Vaughan.
Yet, on that same summary page (pg. 2 of item (3)) we have this statement: Total Departures 368,644
in two different locations (a monthly tally
(right hand side of page 2) and a summary criminal/non-criminal (left hand side of page 2).
In the published ICE Summary Document for FY 2013 (Item (4)) we have 368,644 removals in FY13
I'm submitting here that the actual number of removals (deportations) in FY13 by ICE were therefore 368,644 since this number is identical in both
the Official and the "Unofficial" documents we have as evidence.
Now, as to the "68,000 criminals released" calculation: On page 4 of Item (3) there are three tables. ERO Encounters by AOR, ERO Charging Documents
Issued (CDI) BY AOR and ERO Detainers by AOR. All three tables compare totals from FY13 and FY12.
Ms. Vaughan takes the Total from the Encounters table for FY13 in the column labeled as Criminal 193,537 and subtracts from that the Total from the
Charging Documents Issued for the column labelled as Criminal 125,478. That difference is 68,059. Ms. Vaughn alleges that this means that 68,059
Criminals were simply released on the public.
Let's look at those two tables again.
If we take the total of the Criminal and Non-Criminal columns from the Encounters table we get 721,976.
If we take the total of the Criminal and Non-Criminal columns from the Charging Documents Issued table we get 194,861.
We've seen those numbers before: Ms. Vaughan rounds those off to 722,000 and 195,000 in her initial statement about "hundreds of thousands of
potential deportees just released."
So, we've worked our way back around to the beginning, utilizing three pieces of evidence: the Vaughan article, the Official ICE Report and the
Yet, we have one number left over from both the Official and Unofficial ICE Reports that Vaughan doesn't care to explain to us: 368,644 removals
In her exhaustive analysis (and you thought this post was bad) she completely ignores this number: 368,644 removals in FY13.
The material Vaughan used to compile her numbers agrees with this total.
Why would she ignore such a basically important number: the US deported 368,644 people in FY 13 ?
In short, because it doesn't fit with her anti-immigration/anti-Obama administration agenda.
For those of you that have ever worked for the Federal, State or local governments, you realize that the terminology used in reports is INTENDED to be
inscrutable to anyone without a code sheet.
The term "Encounters" for example does not simply mean "brought into custody" but may include detainers from previous years, or from other departments
within and outside DHS that are involved in the process like U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Department of State as well as
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) etc.
The term "Charging Documents Issued" refers to a very specific procedure conducted by the "ERO" Enforcement and Removal Operations which is a
department within ICE. (Source)
In summary, as opposed to what Breitbart and Vaughan spin up, in FY 2013, 368,644 illegals left this country and 216,810 of those
were criminals. Those numbers are higher than the five previous fiscal years.
FY 2013 Removals Summary Report
19Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:45:23 -050014p072014366 by Gryphon66 because: Added sources for every claim.