Monday, December 8, 2014

The Number of ILLEGALS Deported from U.S. Dropped Sharply in the Last Year

The number of immigrants deported from the U.S. fell sharply in the last year, a decline driven by the Obama administration's struggle to handle the surge of Central American migrants and its continuing shift in deciding whom to deport.
The decrease was recorded even as the number of people caught crossing the border rose. It is likely to give new ammunition to Republicans who accuse the administration of lax enforcement, although it could also boost the president's standing in Latino communities.
Border Patrol agents apprehend immigrants, most of them 
from Central America, near McAllen, Texas. The number 
of people caught at the border and deported fell 9% in 
the last year. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles)
Immigration agents removed 315,943 people in the year that ended Sept. 30, a 14% drop and the lowest total since President Obama took office, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement draft report obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
About two-thirds were sent back to their home countries after being caught at the border. Those removals were down 9% from 2013, the report said.
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An even bigger decline came in the numbers of people removed after living for some time in the U.S., mostly after being ensnared in the criminal justice system. About 102,000 people were sent out of the U.S. in these so-called interior removals — a 23% drop from 2013, and fewer than half the number of people deported in 2011.
The reasons for the drops, which come as immigration policy has become the center of fierce debate in Washington, involve both deliberate policy shifts and unexpected circumstances.
Obama announced last month that he would limit deportations for about 5 million unauthorized immigrants, primarily those who are the parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
On Thursday, the House approved a measure that seeks to block Obama's action, calling it "null and void."
Read the Immigration and Custums Draft Report HERE
But the vote will probably amount to nothing more than a symbolic gesture of frustration, since Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), majority leader until year's end, has vowed not to take up the bill, and the White House has threatened to veto it if Congress passes it.
The new numbers will probably add to Republican arguments against the administration. The figures show the administration's "lax interior enforcement policies," said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, which oversees immigration enforcement. That will encourage more illegal immigration, he warned.
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