On October 6, 2010, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced that the US government has deported a record number of illegal immigrants in 2010. About half of the more than 390,000 illegal immigrants deported allegedly had criminal records. Napolitano explained the deportation figures: "This administration has focused on enforcing our immigration laws in a smart, effective manner that prioritizes public safety and national security and holds employers accountable who knowingly and repeatedly break the law. Our approach has yielded historic results, removing more convicted criminal aliens than ever before and issuing more financial sanctions on employers who knowingly and repeatedly violate immigration laws than during the entire previous administration." According to ICE reports, there was a 70 percent increase in criminal convict deportations since 2008.
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