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September 23, 2011

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Deportations and criminal prosecution of illegal immigrants are also way up, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, a data-gathering and research organization at Syracuse University. The number of deportations initiated by the government in immigration courts went from 1,577,171 in the decade before 9/11 to 2,279,305 in the decade since, according to TRAC data (Table 1). The pace of those deportation proceedings has grown under Obama. The number of government deportation proceedings in immigration court went from an average of 219,941 per year under Bush to 246,572 per year under Obama (Table 2). Criminal prosecutions initiated by the Border Patrol have also increased significantly over the last five years, from 26,918 in 2006 to 73,742 in 2010 (hitting record highs under Obama), according to TRAC data (Table 1). “Deportation and criminal enforcement (of illegal immigration) by the Obama administration is very, very vigorous,” said David Burnham, co-director of TRAC.

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