In the first year of Mr. Trump’s administration, about 256,000 people were deported by US immigration officials. This statistics is slightly higher than the year before but far lower than the highest yearly deportations in Obama’s administration, about 500,000 people were deported according to official statistics.
When Mr. Trump took over in 2017, he made a policy shift that took priority off who is detained hence leading to more immigrants being exposed to the risk of deportation. As a result, interior removals rose to 95,360 from 65,332, representing about 37% of the total deportations for the year.
About 160,725 of the total deportations were border removals – this has consistently been the more significant chunk of removals by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for almost a decade.
Number Of Convicted Criminals Almost the Same
In 2018, the number of convicted criminals rounded up by ICE is 105,140 which represents almost a parity with 2017’s, 105,736. This is particularly notable because of the increased and aggressive focus on immigrants’ crimes by the current administration.
A better way of weighing the contributions of interior enforcement is by seeing the number or percentage of the undocumented population is affected, according to an immigration policy analyst.
0.76 percent of the undocumented immigrant population were removed via interior enforcement in 2017 and increased to about 0.89 percent for 2018.
The report by ICE can also reveal the result of specific policy changes via country-by-country data. ICE’s statistics show increased percentage deportations for Honduras (29 percent increase) and Guatemala (50 percent increase) while El Salvador had a decreased deportation percentage (18 percent fall).
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