Deportations Down 20 Percent, Fewest Since 2007

Alicia A. Caldwell, AP, September 12, 2014

President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion.

The Homeland Security Department is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants since 2007, according to an analysis of its data by The Associated Press.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible for deportations, sent home 258,608 immigrants between the start of the budget year last Oct. 1 and July 28 this summer, a decrease of nearly 20 percent from the same period in 2013, when 320,167 people were removed.

Over 10 months in 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 344,624 people, some 25 percent more than this year, according to federal figures obtained by the AP.


There are two principal reasons fewer immigrants already are being deported:

-The Obama administration decided as early as summer 2011 to focus its deportation efforts on criminal immigrants or those who posed a threat to national security or public safety. Many others who crossed into the United States illegally or overstayed their visas and could be subject to deportation are stuck in a federal immigration court system. Last month the backlog in that system exceeded 400,000 cases for the first time, according to court data analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. For each case, it now takes several years for a judge to issue a final order to leave the U.S.

-As Border Patrol agents detain more people from countries in Central America, not Mexico, the volume and circumstances of the cases take more time for overwhelmed immigration officials and courts to process because, among other reasons, the U.S. must fly such immigrants home rather than letting them walk back across the border into Mexico. A surge in the number of immigrant families, mostly women and young children, has swamped temporary holding facilities, leading the Homeland Security Department to release many people into the U.S. interior with instructions to report back to authorities later.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the decrease reflected the president’s decision to shift resources from the interior of the country to the border to address the surge in unaccompanied minors arriving on the border.

“The shifting of those resources may have something to do with those numbers,” Earnest said, adding that law enforcement officials make deportation decisions independent of the White House.


As of early September, only 319 of more than 59,000 immigrants who were caught traveling with their families have been returned to Central America.

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  • Garrett Brown

    Oboonga the great deporter is slacking??? But I thought he was so thorough with his annexing of Mestizos? I thought he did it more than anyone????

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    It’s worse than AP lets on. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration legislation, at a hearing, May 14, 2014:

    “…almost two-thirds of the removals claimed by ICE in 2013 involved aliens apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border or intercepted by inspectors at ports-of-entry. When we look at the number of true ICE removals of aliens residing in the U.S., we see that they have fallen 43% from 2008 to 2013.”

    Only 2/3’s of the 258,000 figure were actually deported from the interior.

  • Easyrhino

    Another example of Obama’s hatred of White America.

    Ironically Obama’s inaction on illegal immigration will hurt his and Holder’s “people” most as blacks get pushed even lower to the bottom of the socio-economic barrel.

  • james AZ

    Dictator Obama is member of Trojan horse club…

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible for deportations, sent home 258,608 immigrants between the start of the budget year last Oct. 1 and July 28 this summer, a decrease of nearly 20 percent from the same period in 2013, when 320,167 people were removed.

    If anywhere near a significant percentage of those 578,xxx people were actually truly physically deported, I will eat my favorite hat. There are lots of ways for the bureaucrats to count something that really isn’t a deportation a deportation.

    But even if I’m wrong, so what? “Deportation” merely means enforcing immigration law. Therefore the scandal is the year over year decline.

  • Steven Williams

    I wish the deportation system would expel all minorities out of the USA. Minorities are a dangerous breed in this country and to all whites. As whites, we must always stay away from minorities and they should stay away from us.

    • Bossman

      What if the minorities are citizens of the USA? Where would you send them?

      • Alexandra1973


        • Bossman

          The poster said “all minorities” as if to say that all minorities were non-citizens and illegal immigrants. Most Blacks are citizens of the USA. Most Hispanics are citizens of the USA.

      • cletus mcnegro

        I always enjoy your posts, your stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

  • With proper policing of the border via machine gun nests, heavy armor, barbed wire, drones, etc., there would be no need for deportations.

    The important number is how many remain illegally in the US. If they’re exaggerating the deportations number, you can bet they’re underestimating the number of illegals residing in the country.

  • The Ruling Class (and their Stepin-Fetchit) would rather slash their own wrists than ever moderate their evisceration of traditional American society. Their ‘Divide-and-Conquer’ strategy has performed so well that soon no one will be around in a critical mass even to identify them, much less their machinations.

  • 4321realist

    “Just 319 of the recent 59,000 Central American illegals have been deported.”

    And they were probably deported, because they looked too white.

  • none of your business

    Please buy and read the book “The Deporter” by Ames Holbrook to understand how the system really works. Among other things, no country has to accept their criminals back and many don’t so they are released into the population.

    • That book really opened my eyes. I read when it was recommended here in AR’s comment section by a commenter who went by the screen name Margaret. You wouldn’t happen to be Margaret, would you?

  • Bossman

    The poster did not make a distinction between non-citizens and racial minorities.

    • John

      Maybe he didn’t mean to. By your reasoning, it would seem that once a Muslim from Somalia becomes a citizen, that they should be invited over for dinner and welcomed with open arms. Read the color of crime. Hispanics, as a group, regardless of citizenship, are nearly as criminal as the blacks. Posted before, here’s my personal philosophy for all people of color and all religions other than traditional Christians (Zionist Christians don’t count) and those practicing some variety of northern European paganism; “avoid them when you can, tolerate them only when you have to, never turn your back and never, ever trust them”.

  • Cid Campeador

    Soon there will be loads of Muslims coming in just as after 9/11 they seemed suddenly to come out of the woodwork. Between them and the lowest common denominator of the Latino culture and our own home grown Afros, this experiment will he brought to a screeching halt if we don’t start to turn things around come November.
    I can’t believe that these “poor dumb bastards” who voted in this regime a second time, still don’t see what they’ve wrought.

  • Paleoconn

    Even with his phony stats, ie. including border arrests in the deportation figures, Obummer is underperforming in yet another essential executive function.

  • Anan7

    I know what I’ll do… I’ll write my congressman!!! hahahahaha

    • withcaution

      I can assure you it would do more than writing one sentence on this comment board full of like-minded individuals.

  • Chris

    I wish they would deport me. Iceland or Uruguay would be nice