Latest immigration enforcement data confirms that former President Barack Obama deported illegal aliens at a far higher rate than his successor, President Donald Trump.
Roughly 1.8 million foreign nationals were deported from the U.S. in the first 3 years of the Obama administration. On the other hand, the Trump administration has deported fewer than 800,000 so far, according to a report from the Washington Post. In 2012 alone, Obama oversaw the removal of nearly 410,000 people. Trump has yet to deport more than 260,000 in a single year.
While the numbers seem like there must be a mistake given the Trump administration’s laser focus on immigration control, they largely reflect the demographics of the current border crisis.
During the Obama administration, a much higher proportion of those apprehended at the southern border were Mexican nationals — who are much easier to remove from the country than foreign nationals from non-contiguous countries.
The current immigration crisis has been largely made up of family units from Central America, as reported by the Daily Caller. Children and family units from countries other than Canada or Mexico are much more difficult to process and remove because of U.S. immigration laws.
The immigration crisis has also forced the Trump administration to divert Department of Homeland Security resources to the southern border, leaving the interior of the country with less manpower.
The result has been fewer deportations. However, detainment of foreign nationals has reached record levels. Roughly 50,000 individuals were jailed on any given day last year by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the highest detainment number in U.S. history. Individuals are also being held for a longer time duration than before.
Immigration activists, who once referred to Obama as the “deporter-in-chief,” have not forgotten the 44th’s deportation record.
Protesters stormed Joe Biden’s Philadelphia campaign headquarters in July, demanding the former vice president-turned-presidential candidate apologize for the high rate of deportations under his administration. Few days later, protesters interrupted Biden during a Democratic presidential debate, shouting “three million deportations!” — the total number of removals during the Obama era.
In September, Joe Biden said during a presidential debate that it was “outrages” to compare Obama’s immigration record to President Trump’s. He then incorrectly claimed that his administration didn’t “lock people up in cages” or “separate families.” However, both of these things did happen during the Obama administration.