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August 10, 2017

Trump has deported fewer immigrants than Obama: Report
By Michael Martin

The Trump administration boasted on Tuesday about one of its primary campaign promises, the crackdown on illegal immigration, claiming it issued 27.8% more removal orders than last year. But deportations are actually down. In 2016, about 20,000 people were removed from the country per month. So far in 2017, that number is closer to 16,900. At that rate, federal immigration officials will have removed fewer people from the country than during even the slowest years of the Obama administration, reports Politico, even though immigration arrests rose 38% in the first 100 days since Trump's inauguration. Why? An arrest doesn't mean an automatic deportation. Everyone arrested by a federal immigration agent receives a court hearing, which determines whether they lack legal status and aren't eligible for an exemption such as asylum. A huge backlog of cases have nearly frozen the immigration courts: Nearly 610,000 cases await hearings, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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