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US Fewer Crossing Border, Fewer Deported: Immigration Under Trump

04:55  14 march  2018
04:55  14 march  2018 Source:   usnews.com

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More. Immigration Under Trump : By the Numbers. Yet, despite his hard-line rhetoric, Trump has still deported fewer immigrants than President Barack Obama did in each of the early years of his term.

That is largely because the number of people caught crossing the border illegally plummeted to the lowest level since 1971, according to the Department of Homeland Security, meaning there were fewer people to deport . Flores Agreement: The Law That Could Trip Up Trump 's Immigration Plan.

In this handout provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Foreign nationals were arrested this week during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens Feb. 9, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.: ICE deportations under Obama peaked at 409,849 in fiscal 2012 – nearly double the agency's deportations during fiscal 2017. © (Bryan Cox/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Getty Images) ICE deportations under Obama peaked at 409,849 in fiscal 2012 – nearly double the agency's deportations during fiscal 2017.

President Donald Trump made immigration a hallmark issue of his campaign, and in the first week of his presidency, he signed executive orders suspending immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, bolstering border patrol and deportation efforts and starting the funding process for the promised border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Immigrants appeared to have responded, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection reporting record-low apprehensions at the southwest border in 2017. Yet, despite his hard-line rhetoric, Trump has still deported fewer immigrants than President Barack Obama did in each of the early years of his term.

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(AP) — Immigration arrests increased by nearly 40 percent in early 2017 as newly emboldened agents under President Donald Trump detained more He attributed the drop to a decline in arrests on the U.S.-Mexico border where immigrants are usually shipped home quickly and a lengthy backlog in

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says agents arrested 41,300 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally during a 100-day period from Jan. The number of people deported from the U.S. has declined under President Donald Trump .

In 2017, the number of people apprehended or otherwise deemed inadmissible while trying to gain admission at a port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border fell dramatically. Assuming apprehension tactics remained the same, the numbers suggest fewer people are attempting to cross the border illegally.

The number of apprehensions alone for fiscal 2017 hit its lowest total since 1971, according to data from the U.S. Border Patrol.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's annual report describes this trend as "possibly reflecting an increased deterrent effect from ICE's stronger interior enforcement efforts."

Trump signed an executive order five days into his presidency that called for a host of enhanced border protection efforts, including more border patrol agents and an end to the "catch-and-release" policy for handling immigrants apprehended while illegally crossing.

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Data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show that overall, fewer people were deported in fiscal year 2017 than in 2016 (fiscal year ICE administrative arrests increased under Trump . 25, 2017. PolitiFact, Donald Trump trumpets 40 percent decrease in illegal border crossings .

The numbers released by the government Tuesday show that deportation officers are taking Trump 's call for an immigration crackdown to heart. ICE often takes custody of people at the border before deporting them; the sharp drop in Border Patrol arrests means fewer people to remove.

The number of people apprehended or otherwise deemed inadmissible each month fell most sharply between Trump's election and inauguration, suggesting a correlation with the incoming president's policy plans.

Those border apprehensions have rebounded somewhat in recent months.

The overall lower numbers of people apprehended at the border means the U.S. government also clocks fewer deportations at the border. Accordingly, border deportations have decreased under Trump.

But that drop has been coupled with more aggressive deportation policies for "interior deportations," or those immigrants already inside the country. Increased interior deportations mostly offset the decline in border deportations, so total deportations dropped by just 6 percent, or 14,136 people, from fiscal 2016 to 2017.

Yet these deportation totals pale in comparison to the removal numbers of the early Obama administration. ICE deportations under Obama peaked at 409,849 in fiscal 2012 – nearly double the agency's deportations during fiscal 2017, which included the final four months of Obama's term and the first eight months of Trump's presidency.

Total deportations by ICE hovered around 400,000 annually in each of the first four years of Obama's presidency. Interior deportations alone exceeded 150,000 annually from fiscal 2009 to 2012 – far greater than Trump's 81,603 during fiscal 2017.

Deportations fell throughout Obama's term, driven largely by declining numbers of interior deportations. Apprehensions at the border also dropped during this period, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, further contributing to the eventual deportation drop.

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