Refugees Deported For Violent Crimes at Skyrocketing Rate

Refugees Deported For Violent Crimes at Skyrocketing Rate

Refugees Deported For Violent Crimes at Skyrocketing Rate

A Channel 2 Action News investigation uncovered refugees deported from the United States at a skyrocketing rate for violent crimes. That includes refugees deported from Georgia.

The terrorist attacks in Paris put a big spotlight on refugees around the country. To get into the U.S., each went through a vetting process that took two years. But experts and elected leaders called Investigative Reporter Aaron Diamant's research a game changer.

Diamant dug into a decade's worth of data on a massive federal immigration database. The numbers revealed that from 2003 through 2013, federal authorities deported 1,033 refugees, including 89 from Georgia. In those overall numbers, 713 refugees got kicked out of the United States for committing aggravated felonies, including dozens of assaults, sex crimes, drug crimes and homicides.

Those numbers concern Jessica Vaughn with the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit research organization.

"I do think that the public and policymakers should be concerned about these findings," Vaughn said. "Refugees face more screening that any other immigrant group, but this demonstrates that even in the refugee category, we are not able to screen out all the individuals who pose a threat to our communities."

 

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