Obama deported 438,421 people in 2013, according to the annual report of the Office of Immigration Statistics of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This is 20,000 more immigrants than in 2012 and 51,000 more than in 2011. Obama has deported well over two million immigrants from the U.S. since he became president.
Here is another startling statistic, less than 17% of the 438,421 deportations were done through Immigration Courts. Approximately 44% of 2013 deportations were through expedited removal, or immigrants caught at the border, without seeing an Immigration Judge. Another 39% of deportations were by reinstatements of prior orders of deportation. The important point to consider here is these people were given no opportunity to explain their situation unless they hired an attorney to fight for their rights.
Of those deported, the largest single group of deportees was Mexicans who were approximately 72% of all deportees. This is consistent with prior years.
Looking at the numbers, no honest person can say that Obama hasn’t pushed immigration enforcement. Despite his stated intention to halt these deportations, it is clear that the Obama is very much the Deporter-in-Chief.
Obama has recently announced that he will issue executive actions on immigration reform after the mid-term elections and before the end of the Year. Whether he will actually keep this promise, remains to be seen. Similarly, who will benefit from such action is also unknown.
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