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A group that calls for stricter enforcement of immigration laws is criticizing release, rather than deportation, of thousands of illegal immigrants with criminal convictions. The Government, accusing the group of flawed math.

FOX News Radio's Steve Taylor reports from Washington:

The Center for Immigration Studies claims that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released 68,000 criminal aliens "encountered by officers" last year, while choosing to prosecute the remaining 125,000 encountered.

In response, ICE says that the Center for Immigration Studies is using flawed math. That ICE deported 216,000 convicted criminals and the percentage of criminals removed is rising. The Center says that, too often, an alien's family relationships and attention from advocacy groups can stop deportation of convicted criminals.

In Washington, Steve Taylor, FOX News Radio.

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