Deportation Statistics from 2017

Deportation Statistics from 2017

For the 2017 fiscal year (which ended in September, not last weekend), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that it made fewer deportations than the previous year under President Obama.

This statistic is misleading and should not be misinterpreted. There are two types of deportation - those that occur in the US, after someone has crossed the border, and those that occur at the border as individuals are crossing into the country.

Overall, ICE deported 226,119 people in FY 2017, compared to 240,255 in FY 2016. This decrease in deportations is by no means due to any leniency from President Trump, but is due to a significant decrease in the number of individuals entering the US illegally.

Despite this decrease in those crossing the border, deportations of those already in the US have increased. This is partially due to Trump's Executive Order, expanding ICE's focus on enforcement priorities. Last years' increase in interior deportations is also due to ICE's unprecedented behavior, with agents arresting individuals in public places that were previously off-limits; churches, schools, and even courthouses.

To learn more about ICE's activity under Trump throughout 2017, follow the link below.


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