Deportation of the criminal aliens we reviewed occurred from October through November We contacted INS headquarters officials, commercial airlines, the FAA, the FBI, and trade associations to evaluate the extent of serious incidents involving Group 3 aliens deported on commercial flights.
We selected removal eecort using alien criminal history information contained in the INS's Deportable Alien Control System, an automated tracking system. The of cases reviewed for each district was Baltimore - 27 cases, Chicago - 51 cases, Atlanta - 40 cases, and New York - 40 cases.
The review was conducted from November through January We reviewed illegal alien A-files, travel records, and conducted discussions with staff familiar with specific cases. Atlana selected cases based on the seriousness of the crime s associated with an alien and included various alien nationalities.
Some case files were unavailable because they were no longer in the INS district office. These cases comprise five percent of the 3, deportation cases in the four districts. Using the selected cases and a limited of other cases brought to our attention during the review, we examined a total of cases.
The field interviews included supervisors who approved escort asments and staff who typically performed escort duty. When case files were unavailable, we used supporting documents such as travel agency itineraries or airline ticket receipts to verify escorts of criminal aliens.
Wscort committed by the aliens encompass violent behavior such as homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, rape, and sexual offense against. We interviewed INS field and headquarters detention and removal staff to assess their views on the INS escort standard including its effectiveness, the degree of compliance, and the need for any INS policy revisions.
The aliens deported in these cases should have been escorted based on the INS escort standard Group 3 category.