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Obama Deporting Fewer Illegals This Year Than Last

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Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas. (Pool/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 12 Sep 2014 08:08 AM


In the lead up to his pledge to use executive action to keep some five million illegal immigrants in the country, President Barack Obama has already reduced by some 20 percent the number of people deported between Oct. 1, 2013, and July 28, 2014, compared with the same time period a year earlier, the Associated Press reports.

During that time period last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed 320,167 people in the country illegally, compared with the 258,608 illegal immigrants deported this year. The figure represents the fewest number of immigrants deported since 2007, the AP reports, which analyzed official agency data.

Two years ago, the number was 344,624 people, about 25 percent more than this year, according to the federal figures obtained by the AP.

Obama recently backpedaled on his promise to take executive action on immigration reform by the end of the summer. He announced that he has decided to wait until after the November midterms, a decision Republican House Speaker John Boehner said “smacks of raw politics.”

The key reasons for the decline in deportations, according to the AP, include the Obama administration’s decision to focus on criminal immigrants who are a threat to national security or public safety and a massive backlog of cases (more than 400,000) in the federal immigration court system, resulting in a yearslong wait for judges to issue final deportation orders.

Additionally, with the rise in the number of people coming from Central America, as opposed to Mexico, the cases take longer to resolve since those immigrants must be flown home instead of walking back across the border.

And since a bulk of the surge of recent immigrants is women and young children, temporary holding facilities are overloaded, resulting in DHS releasing them into the U.S. interior with instructions to report back to authorities later.

Though Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has repeatedly promised that the U.S. will return the majority of the recent flood of immigrants — many of them families —  to their home countries, just 319 of the nearly 60,000 who have entered the U.S. this fiscal year have been returned to Central America, according to the AP.


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In the lead up to his pledge to keep some five million illegal immigrants in the country, President Barack Obama has already reduced by some 20 percent the number of people deported this year over last year.
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