Since he announced his candidacy, President Trump has repeatedly vowed to deport illegal aliens — including a promise last week to kick millions more out of the US — and to build a wall on the southern border.
But the feds say that Trump has fallen far short of President Barack Obama when it comes to deporting illegals even as the number of people caught at the border has soared on Trump’s watch, a new report said Friday.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported more immigrants this fiscal year than any full fiscal year of Trump’s presidency, but has yet to come close to Obama’s early deportation record, according to new internal Department of Homeland Security figures published Friday by Axios.
Under the Obama administration, ICE deported more than 385,000 each year in fiscal years 2009 through 2011, and hit a high of 409,849 in fiscal 2012 — prompting critics to dub Trump’s predecessor “the deporter in chief.” The numbers then dropped to below 250,000 in fiscal years 2015 and 2016.
Under Trump, by comparison, ICE deportations dropped to 226,119 in fiscal 2017, then inched up to over 250,000 in fiscal 2018 and hit a Trump administration high of 282,242 this fiscal year, as of June, the website reported.
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And while deportations have dropped, the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border, mostly Central American families seeking asylum in the US, has soared to levels not seen in a decade — as the president’s promise to build a wall remains unfulfilled and border workers are overwhelmed by the crisis.
In May, more than 130,000 people were apprehended at the border, compared to fewer than 100,000 in May, and the figures are expected to keep rising as the summer weather kicks in, CBP has said.