“As a result, overall removals may show a decline, consistent with a substantial drop in overall apprehension, among other factors”, Elzea said. However, the deportation rate has steadily declined in the last three years.
Nicknamed the “Deporter-in-Chief”, Obama has expelled more undocumented immigrants than any other US president.
The reductions have been steady over the past few years.
The DHS figures obtained by the AP are not yet public, but include month-by-month breakdowns between October. 1, 2014 and September 28.
These new numbers have immerged as illegal immigration continues to be debated sharply amongst the presidential candidates of the Republican Party especially Donald Trump the front-runner. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson previous year directed immigration authorities anew to focus on finding and deporting immigrants who pose a national security or public safety threat, those who have serious criminal records, and those who recently crossed the Mexican border.
The administration also deported the fewest criminal immigrants since Obama took office in 2009, despite Obama’s pledge to focus limited resources on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally.
The total of 94,000 repatriations of migrants who have not committed a major crime is is less than one-in-a-hundred of the roughly 11 million illegal migrants in the United States.
Coming as another surprise, the past year also saw a decline in the number of criminal deportations, despite the president insisting that he’d be cracking down on expulsions of those with “serious criminal records”.
Deportations of non-immigrants has also decreased, by 84,000, between 2014 and 2015. She attributed the plummet to the surge of children crossing the border and uncooperative local and foreign governments.
Historically the Border Patrol sends home immigrants to Mexico without them every actually entering the country or being listed as caught.
The total of more than 231,000 deportations does not include the immigrants caught at the border and returned quickly to their homeland by the Border Patrol.