Illegal Immigration Up, Deportations Down in 2014: DHS

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, December 21, 2014

The number of illegal immigrants crossing the border rose in 2014, while deportations dropped, according to new statistics Homeland Security released Friday in a pre-holiday data dump that signaled potential problems on both sides of the immigration enforcement equation.

Apprehensions on the border, which Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says is a yardstick for overall illegal immigration, rose 16 percent in fiscal year 2014, while deportations from within the interior of the U.S.–the measure of how much the administration is going after long-time illegal immigrants–fell 24 percent.

Those numbers, which cover from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014, are from before President Obama announced his new temporary amnesty on Nov. 20. That is likely to lower deportations even more.

An administration official briefing reporters on condition he not be named said the drop in deportations was at least partially due to the surge of illegal immigrants from Central America, who he said require detention, flights and travel documents, which makes them more expensive to deport than Mexicans, who can usually be quickly sent back across the land border.

The official also said part of the problem is that so-called “sanctuary city” localities are increasingly refusing to turn immigrants over to federal authorities for deportation. Homeland Security said localities refused 10,182 different requests from federal agents to hold illegal immigrants the agents wanted to pick up for deportation.

“This required ICE to expend additional resources to locate, apprehend and remove criminal aliens who were released into the community, rather than transferred directly into custody,” the department said in a memo on the new numbers. “These changes further contributed to decreased ICE removals.”


Mr. [Jeh] Johnson, in a statement releasing the figures, blamed this summer’s surge of illegal immigrant children for the poor results.

“This year’s statistics are informed by a number of complex and shifting factors, most notably the 68 percent increase in migration from countries other than Mexico, predominately from Central America, and a 14 percent drop in Mexican migration since fiscal year 2013,” he said.

An administration official said this is the first time on record that border authorities have caught more non-Mexicans than Mexicans at the border, underscoring the changing demographics.

As for deportations, the administration said of the roughly 102,000 immigrants deported from the interior of the U.S., about 87,000 had criminal records. That means only about 15,000 rank-and-file illegal immigrants with no criminal records were deported, which works out to about 1 out of every 1,000 illegal immigrants estimated to be in the U.S.


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  • Henry Higgins

    People should be remembering that this whole NYC Blacks/Liberals versus Police stuff may serve as a giant distraction from The Invasion. Although I for one think NYC’s incident was fake. Even black militants are admitting how improbable it would be for one of theirs to target an Asian and Hispanic instead of YT. That and what’s the likelihood a counterterrorism drill would be taking place the same exact time?
    Not good. But neither is losing focus and allowing ourselves to stop defending our borders.

  • David Ashton

    That sounds about right for Fortress “Amerikkka”. In the “UKKK” we don’t know how many are in or out at all, except they are mostly in! Counting outflows won’t be reinstated (if at all) until April 2015. Cameron says he is “acting” over immigration. Acting – yes, indeed.

  • superlloyd

    More dereliction of duty ordered by Obola and the Demoncrats in Washington.

  • Hands Up Don’t Deport!

  • IstvanIN

    On Michael Savage he said that there was a bill, by Boehner, that allows 100,000 muslims a month into the US. I wonder if that is true?

    • LACountyRedneck

      Oh why not. They want this society as diverse as possible. I’d be surprised if that “100,000 muslims a month” wasn’t going to happen.

  • DonReynolds

    These are not immigrants, nor is there any such thing as illegal immigration.
    They ARE foreign citizens (aliens) in the country illegally…..thus illegal aliens.
    The Liberal press never tires of trying to confuse immigrants with illegal aliens.

  • Latino Nationalist

    I’ve heard from several people that the reason illegal immigration from Mexico is dropping has to do with their economy. After reading several articles by Fred Reed (regarding Mexico) I decided to do a little research. I must say that I’m very impressed.

  • DonReynolds

    Not a single person in the USA illegally is an “immigrant” of any sort.
    Under US law, the ONLY immigrants are those who came to the country legally and included in the immigration system.
    This is a constant effort on the part of the Leftist media… confuse illegal aliens with immigrants. They are not the same people nor should they be confused.