Maria Sacchetti
The Boston Globe
December 30, 2013

The number of immigrants jailed for deportation in New England plunged last year, despite federal immigration officials’ expansion of a controversial program designed to catch illegal immigrants.

While jailings nationally dipped less than 8 percent, federal officials said that in New England they dropped almost 28 percent. A total of 3,644 immigrants were jailed last fiscal year in this region, down from 5,042 the year before.

Federal officials say the figures here and nationwide reflect an effort to focus specifically on deporting recent border crossers and immigrants with criminal records, a narrower subset of the illegal immigrant population.

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