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Center for Immigration Studies
October 12, 2020

Trump vs. Biden on Immigration Enforcement Generally
By Andrew R. Arthur

Deportations under Obama were just more than half of what they were under his predecessor, with the caveat that the Obama administration's numbers were actually boosted by a redefinition of what constituted a "removal". Aliens (primarily from Mexico) who were commonly "returned" under prior administrations were now formally "removed", making the numbers look higher. This is best demonstrated by historical data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) on removals from the interior that is, aliens who were living in this country, as opposed to those arrested by CBP at the border and handed over to ICE for removal. Between October 2002 and January 2016, according to TRAC, monthly interior removals peaked in October 2008 (at 22,708) and cratered in February 2015 (5,714.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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