Trump blows away Obama’s deportation numbers

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Written by Dennis Michael Lynch

When he was the president, Barrack Hussein Obama claimed his administration deported more illegal aliens than any president before him. But his claim was based on his own definition of a deportation.

Prior to Obama, deportations were calculated by the number of illegal aliens who went through the actual deportation processes defined by law. But with Obama, the total number of deportations included what are called “turn backs.”

Before Obama, if a Mexican national crossed the Rio Grande into the U.S. and was caught by the Border Patrol, the agent would take the illegal alien to the nearest international bridge and send him or her back to Mexico. This process is known as a “turn back.” Never had a president before Obama counted a turn back as a deportation.

But Obama changed it so that turn backs counted as deportations, thus, making his overall deportation count skyrocket.

In fact, if the same Mexican national tried crossing the Rio Grande five times in one day, and each time he or she was caught and sent back over the bridge, Obama counted those five turn backs as five deportations even though it was the same person being turned back.

I don’t know if the Trump administration is using the same definitions as Obama, but even if it is, the numbers show that Trump is keeping to his word regarding fighting and, eventually, ending illegal immigration.

Below are statistics released by Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department Tuesday.

Return to Rule of Law in Trump Administration Marked by Increase in Key Immigration Statistics

The Executive Office of Immigration Review today released data on orders of removal, voluntary departures, and final decisions for the first six months of the Trump Administration.

The data released for Feb. 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017 is as follows:

  • Total Orders of Removal [1]: 49,983
    • Up 27.8 percent over the same time period in 2016 (39,113)
  • Total Orders of Removal and Voluntary Departures [2]: 57,069
    • Up 30.9 percent over the same time period in 2016 (43,595)
  • Total Final Decisions [3]: 73,127
    • Up 14.5 percent over the same time period in 2016 (63,850)

Pursuant to President Trump’s Jan. 25 Executive Order, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” the Department of Justice mobilized over one hundred existing Immigration Judges to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detention facilities across the country. Over 90 percent of these cases have resulted in orders requiring aliens to depart or be removed from the United States. The Justice Department has also hired 54 additional Immigration Judges since President Trump took office, and continues to hire new Immigration Judges each month.

In addition to carrying out the President’s Executive Order, the Justice Department is also reviewing internal practices, procedures, and technology in order to identify ways in which it can further enhance Immigration Judges’ productivity without compromising due process.

[1] An “order of removal” by an Immigration Judge results in the removal of an illegal alien from the United States by the Department of Homeland Security.

[2] Under an order of “voluntary departure”, an illegal alien agrees to voluntarily depart the United States by a certain date. If the illegal alien does not depart, the order automatically converts to an order of removal.

[3] A “final decision” is one that ends the proceeding at the Immigration Judge level such that the case is no longer pending.

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