REGION: Immigration lawyers protest fingerprinting program
The head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, said Thursday that he wants the agency to focus more on deporting illegal immigrants who have committed crimes rather than those whose only crime is simply being in the country illegally.
Focusing on criminals makes sense because the agency has limited resources and deporting every one of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. is nearly impossible, Morton said. He made the comments in front of a crowd of about 3,000 attorneys attending the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association conference in San Diego.
"The reality is that we do live in a world of very limited resources in terms of the task the agency is asked to pursue and as a result we must and we do prioritize our efforts," Morton said.