Illegal Immigrant Deportations Plummet as Amnesty Hampers Removal Efforts

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, April 23, 2015

Deportations have plummeted by another 25 percent so far this year, with the government even struggling to find enough criminals to kick out of the country, according to the latest statistics that suggest President Obama’s amnesty has hampered removal efforts.

That could undercut Mr. Obama’s legal justification for the deportation amnesty, where the pace of deportations has been raised as a key way of judging whether the president is complying with the law by trying to grant “deferred action” to millions of illegal immigrants.

The numbers for the first six months of fiscal year 2015, which began Oct. 1, are striking: The government has deported just 117,181 immigrants, which is just three-quarters of the 157,365 immigrations kicked out during that same period a year earlier, according to figures provided to Congress.

“This is a stunning free fall in enforcement activity, not just deportations but arrests too,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports stricter immigration limits. “It turns out that even criminal arrests and deportations have dropped, including those of the ‘worst of the worst’ Level 1 felons, and the huge numbers of criminal releases continues.”

Overall, deportations are down a stunning 41 percent in the last three years–and the drop began almost exactly at the beginning of Mr. Obama’s 2012 temporary deportation amnesty for so-called Dreamers.


The president said his policies were designed to ensure his agents are targeting “felons, not families” for enforcement, but the numbers suggest he’s fallen short on finding the felons as well. Through April 4, 2015, the government had kicked out about 68,000 criminals, down 30 percent from the approximately 96,500 criminals deported during the same period a year earlier.


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  • John Smith

    We need them to commit the crimes Americans won’t.

    • Chip Carver

      There’s no conspiracy. None at all. Move along.

      But before you do. Do some research on who wrote the Immigration Act of 1965, who pushed for decades to get the legislation passed. Then look at who the big guns are behind illegal immigration, who runs the organizations, who the litigators are. There’s no conspiracy of course. But maybe there’s a group of like minded people who took advantage of atomized populations, an almost hive-minded group moving amongst peoples who are individualists by nature. Maybe.

      • Jason Lewis

        Same folks that open immigration in Europe.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        No maybe about it! They openly admit it. Henry Ford knew, he wrote a book about them!

        • Speedy Steve

          Adolf kept Heinrich’s photo on his desk.

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    • propagandaoftruth

      “felons, not families”

      Quack quack spake the duckspeaker.

      Yeah, this ain’t Marxism. It’s progressivism.

      • Speedy Steve


  • Deportations plummet

    Meaning the Feds aren’t even pursuing deportation cases in civil court. I don’t think this is stating the actual percentage reduction in true physical removals, as those are rare. What I think this is saying is that the Feds are reducing their civil litigation attempts.

  • MekongDelta69

    Wake me up when we’re America again.


    • Jason Lewis

      Afraid she’s not coming back.

    • Speedy Steve

      Here’s your coffee. Welcome to KwaMurrika.

  • dave

    Sit back and watch both parties fight over the illegal vote while ignoring the white vote as usual.

  • dd121

    What’s worrying is that if the American people could put an Obama in the presidency, so too could they elect Hillary.

  • how about this

    They’re not illegal immigrants; they’re undocumented workers. Just like when one of them fails to comprehend the significance in our culture of a woman screaming “no” (due to his being underserved) he is not a rapist but an undocumented husband.

    • IstvanIN

      Don’t give them more ideas.

    • Lexonaut

      The original joke in this vein referred to drug dealers as undocumented pharmacists.

    • InAFreeCountry

      I like that one, I hope you don’t mind me stealing it.

    • Cid Campeador

      Bill’s animal urges short circuits his common sense. He could have saved himself a lot of grief. He doesn’t realize that sex is like a card game. You don’t need a partner if you have a good hand.

  • Luca

    These third-world criminals may very well determine the next election. Welcome to the world’s newest and largest Banana republic.

  • IKUredux

    This crap is obama’s official policy as the hater of White America in chief. This man is the biggest hater of Whites ever to be elected. I have NO idea why any self respecting White person in this country ever voted for this piece of sh*t communist, not once, but twice. Seriously? Every White who voted for this thing should rot in hell. You are personally responsible for the downfall of this country and the guaranty that your children and grandchildren will live in a third world hell hole. Hope you are proud about what? Proving you weren’t racist by voting for a black guy? Meanwhile, I know most of you live in White enclaves. May you and yours suffer through eternity for creating this HELL on Earth that was formerly known as America.

    Screw you, obama voters. You’re first.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Most of them don’t have kids, so their smug self-satisfaction is their entire focus in life. The few that do have kids likely push their kids to be gay or race mixers. Hopefully they will get theirs when they’re in the nursing homes as frail old people being “cared for” by those third worlders.

      • Speedy Steve

        It’s funny you should mention it, but elder abuse is making the news with increasing frequency. Knee-grows are usually involved.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          Are the ones typically involved African immigrants, do you know?

  • Light from the East

    If the official dare not deport those aliens, if we cannot use force to keep out those aliens, I have an idea – how about we start a company to let people to join to report all the information of those illegal aliens?

    1. We let people to join and we verify their identity, only those passed are accepted.
    2. We deploy many UAVs to monitor the border and do live streaming. Each illegal is assigned with unique number.
    3. Members and UAVs help to trace where illegals live and identify whether he/she is the same person with the unique number.
    4. Once matched, we collect information about this person and disclosure the information on our website, app. We also make apparent marks and warnings at the place they live. Make them feel they don’t have privacy at all.
    5. Because they are illegals, the laws of privacy protection of US citizens are not applicable. They thought they can break the laws and live a anonymous lives? We make each one of them famous. Let them enjoy the mental pressure ever than before of being under the sunlight.

    This may still be just a blueprint, far from real implementation. When I see a problem, rather than just complain about it, I always come up with some real solutions, even some of them are not feasible currently, but if you have 100 of ideas and one of them is applicable, it is worthy. Ideas are not limited, after all. Other ideas?

    • Illegals have more constitutional rights than White Americans do. What makes you think otherwise?

      Most of them are a protected class (with the exception of White Brazilians, and, maybe, some Russians). Most Illegals have quota privileges in college admission and hiring.

      • Light from the East

        I’ve heard of that. It was in the following article:

        {As far back as 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that:

        “The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution is not confined to the
        protection of citizens. It says: ’Nor shall any state deprive any person
        of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to
        any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.’
        These provisions are universal in their application to all persons
        within the territorial jurisdiction, without regard to any differences
        of race, of color, or nationality; and the equal protection of the laws
        is a pledge of the protection of equal laws.” 2

        All persons in the U.S., therefore, have constitutional rights. Among
        these are the right to equal protection of the law and the right to due

        Also, undocumented persons have a constitutional right under the Fourth
        Amendment to deny any officer from entering their residence without
        consent, absent a search warrant.

        Further, the Supreme Court has held that all children, regardless of
        their immigration status, are entitled to free public education, as
        required under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. 3

        Additionally, under federal law publicly funded hospitals must provide
        emergency medical services to all patients, regardless of their
        immigration status. 4 Immigrants are also protected from workplace discrimination under state and federal laws.

        Moreover, under federal law, a person may recover money damages for loss
        of property, personal injury or death where damages occurred as a
        result of the “negligent or wrongful act or omission of any employee of
        the Government while acting within the scope of his office or
        employment, under circumstances where the United States, if a private
        person, would be liable to the claimant in accordance with the law of
        the place where the act or omission occurred.” 5

        These are just a few of the rights that our Constitution and federal
        laws grant to all persons living in the U.S. These rights are intended
        to protect all U.S. residents from discrimination and arbitrary
        government action. These rights are especially critical in times where
        hatred based on race, color, and national origin is on the rise. }

        However, it does not mention if a private organization, company, institution, or corporation, has to follow the above procedure like the public or the government does. Because the constitutional right is clear to the public organization but is ambiguous to the private one. My concept is that we do the above to deal with the illegals and we are in the “grey zone” of their constitutional rights. I bet they have not experienced this kind of situation so far. Since it is constitutional, its explanation may vary from situation to situation, especially in different political atmosphere. Finally, the one with power is always the one deciding the application of the constitution. It is not the rule of law, but the rule of man.

        In the future, I hope we can push for the revision, re-explanation, or deletion of the Amendment XIV based on the Preamble and Articles of the Constitution.

  • Paleoconn

    The numbers are actually lower than they say. This administration counts border arrests and removals as deportations. This inflates their numbers.

  • Ex-Liberal

    As someone who lives in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Phoenix, this concerns me deeply. I’m seeing the segregation and poverty that now plagues my city, and this will do nothing to help.