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Fingerprint sharing led to deportation of 47,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - Expanding illegal immigration enforcement has led to the deportation of 47,000 people over 18 months when Homeland Security was sifting through millions of fingerprints taken at local jail bookings.

About one-quarter of those did not have criminal records and slightly less - about a fifth - had committed or were charged with what are categorized as the most serious crimes.

Details are in government data obtained by immigration advocacy groups that had sued.

ICE posted the data on its website late Monday in advance of the group's release of the data yesterday.

Travis County, Texas, led all counties with the highest percentage of non-criminals deported -- 82% of 724.

The federal government says the fingerprint sharing program, known as Secure Communities, helps to identify criminal immigrants who threaten public safety in the U.S.

Overall, 49% of the immigrants ICE has deported so far this year have been criminals, compared to 35% all of last fiscal year.

Online: Immigration and Customs Enforcement: http://www.ice.gov

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