Deportations Drop 73% Under Obama, Hit 43-Year Low. Obama “Exempted All But The Most Egregious Criminals”
Deportations of illegal aliens living inside the United States have tanked 73 percent since 2009, when President Obama first took office, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed only 65,332 illegal aliens in FY2016 (roughly .5 percent of the estimated 12 million currently known to be living here unlawfully). That reflects a 73% drop in removals since 2009, when roughly 240,000 illegal aliens were deported.
CIS explains: The main reason for the decline is the Obama administration’s prioritization scheme that has steadily narrowed the types of cases that ICE officers are permitted to pursue. These policies have exempted all but the most egregious alien offenders from deportation. Currently only aliens convicted of felonies, significant misdemeanors, or three lesser misdemeanors are considered priorities. In addition, exceptions are allowed in many cases, such as if the alien has acquired a family or other community ties here.
President Obama’s administration has become famous for claiming high numbers of deportations, stating that nearly 2 million unlawfully present aliens have been removed from the country over the past eight years. However, these ‘deportations’ include illegal aliens who were caught at the border and immediately sent home, a large category of aliens that, under previously administrations, were counted as “returns” rather than true “deportations.”
Omitting those people who are returned shortly after crossing into the U.S., ICE notes that true deportations of illegal aliens living in the country are at the lowest point seen since the Nixon administration. The Obama administration has deported only about 5.3 million illegal aliens compared to President Bill Clinton’s nearly 12.3 million illegals.