Deportations Come Mostly from Border, DHS Chief Says

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, March 12, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that his department’s deportation numbers are now mostly made up of illegal immigrants caught at the border, not just those from the interior, which means they can’t be compared one-to-one with deportations under President Bush or other prior administrations.

The administration has argued it is tougher on illegal immigration than previous presidents, and immigrant-rights groups have excoriated President Obama, calling him the “deporter-in-chief” for having kicked out nearly 2 million immigrants during his five-year tenure.

But Republican critics have argued those deportation numbers are artificially inflated because more than half of those being deported were new arrivals, caught at the border by the U.S. Border Patrol. Previous administrations primarily counted only those caught in the interior of the U.S. by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Under the Obama administration, more than half of those removals that were attributed to ICE are actually a result of Border Patrol arrests that wouldn’t have been counted in prior administrations,” said Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican.

“Correct,” Mr. Johnson confirmed.

That would mean that in a one-to-one comparison with the final years of the Bush administration, deportations of those same people under Mr. Obama had actually fallen, according to immigration analysts who have studied the data.

In 2013, ICE was responsible for about 133,000 of the 368,000 immigrants removed. The Washington Times calculated that meant a less than 1 percent risk of an illegal immigrant living in the interior of the U.S. being deported.


In one key step, the Obama administration this year is calling for a cut in detention beds that hold immigrants awaiting deportation, from the 34,000 level mandated by law to slightly more than 30,500.

“We believe that is not the best and highest use of our resources, given our current estimates of who we need to detain, who we regard as public safety, national security, border security threats,” Mr. Johnson said.

Homeland Security officials argue that rather than holding illegal immigrants in detention facilities, they can be given supervised release, which he said is more cost-effective.


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  • John Ambrose

    “The Washington Times calculated that meant a less than 1 percent risk of an illegal immigrant living in the interior of the U.S. being deported.”

    Only a country that’s gone truly insane would be deporting less than one percent of it’s huge (11-20 million) illegal immigrant population.

    • There’s another hurdle.

      I suspect that even when you clear the hurdle that Obama was counting border apprehensions as deportations, there is still the question of whether what are called “deportations” are actually true physical removals. Thanks to the 1984 Supreme Court decision, INS vs Lopez-Mendoza, a Federal government deportation attempt cannot be criminal, it must be a matter of civil proceedings, a lawsuit. That said, there are so many hurdles between the Federal government starting the civil lawsuit paperwork and an actual physical removal that the former rarely results in the latter.

      • Petronius

        Right. Deportations occur pursuant to the order of an Immigration Judge following a due process hearing. The vast majority of aliens who are deported are granted voluntary departure (in lieu of a physical arrest). And of course those granted voluntary departure simply stay and melt back into “the community.”

  • LovelyNordicHeidi

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that his department’s deportation numbers are now mostly made up of illegal immigrants caught at the border, not just those from the interior, which means they can’t be compared one-to-one with deportations under President Bush or other prior administrations.
    Unbelievable. They call this a government, but I don’t see any government. I only see lunatics who fail to deport enough infiltrators to protect the country, and I also see immigrant-loving good-for-nothings who preach DIE-versity to us every day while they live in White neighbourhoods which are much safer than enriched neighbourhoods for sure.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Sam Francis said it best, our current situation is “Anarcho – Tyranny”

      He once defined it this way: “we (the government) refuse to control real criminals (that’s the anarchy) so we control the innocent (that’s the tyranny).”

    • Nancy Thomas

      Jeh Johnson is a dimwit, and he says that illegals have already EARNED their right to become citizens! You can’t make up this stuff.

      • Greg Thomas

        I’m now convinced that ICE was created to aid and abet illegal invaders.

  • Obama lies, white America dies. This truly evil administration ought to be in the process of being impeached. Republicans have no stones or more likely are in on the lies.
    There’s a huge infestation of illegals living within a mile of my nice apartment, thrown together in a run-down complex with no whites around. I would call the cops, but it wouldn’t do any good. Texans love their illegals; they keep the economy humming according to the powers that be. I can’t wait to get out of here, economy or no economy. Mexican worship disgusts me.

    • Ringo Lennon

      I know what you mean. There are Mexicans all around me. My blood boils. I believe the Mexican invasion started after The Reagan 1986 amnesty. That’s when I peg it.

      • Nancy Thomas

        California is RUINED.

        • Ringo Lennon

          They used to call California the land of milk and honey. The most beautiful state. Now it’s toxic to Whites who built everything there. I can’t bear when Whites are displaced from their “turf”. After all, countries go to war over “turf”.

      • Pro_Whitey

        If Ed Meese is to be believed, Reagan later concluded that the 1986 amnesty was the biggest mistake of his presidency. Whether or not Reagan’s regret is true, I am convinced the Bush family, which likely pushed for the 1986 amnesty, has no regret. No more Bushes! (I know, I realize I am urinating into the wind on that one.)

  • Luca

    I knew it was too good to be true. I was thinking maybe the lies, deceit, and distortions of this administration had started to ease up a bit because we hadn’t heard of anything like this happening for at least the last 20 minutes.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Oh, you haven’t seen anything yet. O’Bummer is going to wreck havoc with his lame duck Executive Order pen in the next 2 1/2 years. All these Sotomayer/Kagan PR stunts is a rehearsal.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Obama has admitted his administration’s deportation stats are bogus. In the fall of 2011 he soothed a gathering of worried Latino journalists by telling them not to believe the deportation numbers they were hearing from the news media:

    “[T]he statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is…apprehending folks at the borders and sending them back. That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or 48 hours.” (“Obama pushes back on immigration policy criticism from Latinos,” WASHINGTON POST, September 29, 2011, By David Nakamura)

  • dd121

    Another lie from Obama? Say it ain’t so.

  • QuinnTheEskimo9

    How often have we heard the lie: “Obama admin deporting at record levels,” with the msm covering it all up and the GOP going along with it with no dissension or rebuttal.
    But then when isn’t this administration lying?

  • Garrett Brown

    Good thing were letting mestizos know that once they get past the border they’re basically home free.

  • Nancy Thomas

    Obama has been lying about this issue all along. Both the Border Patrol and ICE have been fighting with him because he does NOT want them to do their job.

  • ThomasER916

    Pushing a Mexican off of the fence is not a “deportation.”