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June 13, 2018

Though Trump May Seem More Callous, Obama Had Higher Rate Of Deportation
By Brian Sonenstien

Immigration arrests rose during President Donald Trumpís first year in office when he reinstated the Secure Communities Program (S-Comm), which began in 2008 under President George W. Bush and continued into President Barack Obamaís second term. But the rate of arrests under S-Comm today has stabilized at a level far below that of the Obama administration. Back then, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made arrests at a rate that was more than double what it is under Trump, according to analysis from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. ICE under Obama averaged 309,887 arrests per year from 2009-2012, while ICE under Trump averaged 139,553 in 2017.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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