Mexico main country of origin for most U.S. deportations
By Diana Washington Valdez
El Paso Times
Hispanics made up 97 percent of the people that the U.S. government deported in 2013, according to a new report released today.
The report "Detention, Deportation, and Devastation: The Disproportionate Effect of Deportations on the Latino Community," also shows that deportations to Mexico (241,493) represented 65.5 percent of the deportees, followed by Guatemala (47,769), which had about 13 percent of the deportees.
The rest of the Hispanic or Latino countries in the top 10 countries for deportations were Honduras (37,049), El Salvador (21,602), Dominican Republic (2,462), Ecuador (1,616), Brazil (1,500), Colombia (1,429), Nicaragua (1,383), and Jamaica (1,119).
"The overrepresentation of Latinos in deportations is not simply a byproduct of the large undocumented Latino population, but also a direct result of discriminatory policies at the federal, state and local level," asserts the report, which was prepared jointly by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.