Deportations in decline since Trump’s inauguration

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Despite public outcry, deportations to Mexico have dropped off since Donald Trump moved into the White House.

According to numbers provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), deportations took place at a higher rate at this time a year ago, as the task of relocating Mexican citizens is down 18.5 percent.

“My gut check is, sometimes it takes a while for people who have been appointed to get in place,” said David Cross, the Oregonians for Immigration Reform spokesman. “I’m not quick to judge … It’s early on in the administration.”

Though the immigration agency recognizes that using only three months’ worth of data may not properly identify a trend, the number of deportations to Mexico slumped by more than 6,000 in the first quarter of 2017.

Director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, Jessica Vaughan wonders how ICE cases currently under review and illegal aliens turned back at the border may have skewed the numbers. Vaughan suggests that the United States’ renewed enforcement of immigration laws might have influenced the number of illegal crossings and subsequent deportations.

Believing that the resolution of criminal proceedings in current deportation cases will inflate the deportation total later in the year, Vaughan said, “There is nowhere to go but up because deportations were at their lowest levels in about 10 years.”

For example, the totals amassed by ICE in 2012 showed a heightened peak of 409,849, though that total was nearly cut in half at the end of the organization’s calendar year in September.

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