According to News Americas, almost 56,000 immigrants in the United States from the Caribbean and Latin America who ran afoul of the law were deported to their respective home countries in 2012.
The report citing data obtained from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicated that some 4,898 of all these immigrants were deported to the Caribbean and over 50,000 to Latin America.
Most of the deportees categorized as criminal aliens, had been convicted for crimes like murder, sex and drug related crimes and driving under the influence while living in the U.S.
In addition to the criminal aliens, according to the report, 1,612 non-criminal immigrants were also deported to the Caribbean in 2012, bringing the total to 6,510, which reflected a significant decline from 4,912 migrants deported from the U.S. in 2011.
For the Caribbean in 2012, the Dominican Republic received the most criminal deportees with 2,264, and next was Jamaica with 1,213.
The rates for other countries were as follows:
Haiti: 758 total removals (568 criminal and 190 non-criminal)
Trinidad and Tobago: 242 total removals (187 criminal and 55 non-criminal)
Belize: 217 total removals (152 criminal and 65 non-criminal)
Guyana: 182 total removals (154 criminal and 28 non-criminal)
The Bahamas: 123 total removals (98 criminal and 25 non-criminal)
Cuba: 66 total removals (55 criminal and 11 non-criminal)
Barbados: 50 total removals (45 criminal and 5 non-criminal)
Dominica: 41 total removals (19 criminal and 22 non-criminal)
St. Kitts-Nevis: 40 total removals (32 criminal and 8 non-criminal)
Antigua & Barbuda: 36 total removals (25 criminal and 11 non-criminal)
St Lucia: 28 total removals (14 criminal and 14 non-criminal)
Grenada: 25 total removals (15 criminal and 10 non-criminal)
Turks Caicos Islands: 10 total removals (7 criminal and 3 non-criminal)
British Virgin Islands: 9 total removals (7 criminal and 2 non-criminal)
Bermuda: 8 total removals (5 criminal and 3 non-criminal)
Suriname: 6 total removals (6 criminal and 0 non-criminal)
Guadeloupe: 2 total removals (1 criminal and 1 non-criminal)
Montserrat: 2 total removals (2 criminal and 0 non-criminal)
Netherlands Antilles, inclusive of St. Maarten, Curacao, Saba, Bonaire: 2 total removals (1 criminal and 1 non-criminal)
Anguilla: 1 total removal (0 criminal and 1 non-criminal)
Cayman Islands: 1 total removal (1 criminal and 0 non-criminal)
The report noted ICE said the majority of the deportees were immigrants who either broke criminal laws, were threats to national security, individuals who illegally crossed the U.S. borders and repeat violators of U.S. immigration laws.
ICE's Director, John Morton, said the administration was focusing on deporting convicted criminals and other individuals that fall into priority areas for enforcement.