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Iowa Capital Dispatch
June 11, 2024

Immigration group pleads for help bringing deported relatives back to the U.S.
By Lia Chien

Deportation in the U.S. has been a contentious issue and top priority for presidents in recent decades. Under President Barack Obama, average annual deportations increased by over 26,000 compared to the George W. Bush administration, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University, a data research center. When former President Donald Trump took office, deportations to Africa increased by 74 percent compared to the Obama administration, according to Tramonte and Setty. Trump also enacted several travel bans from primarily African and Muslim countries during his first year in office. This year, TRAC found that deportations are up 50% under the Biden administration compared to the Trump administration levels in 2019, according to the publication Border Report. Many of these migrants had crossed the southern border.

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