Trump’s 2017 scorecard on immigration: Deportations down 37 percent across the US

The end result of President Donald Trump’s executive order prioritizing immigration enforcement in the interior of the country is that deportations are up 37 percent.

The order Trump signed his first week in office prioritized the removal of those in the country illegally who present a danger to national security or a threat to public safety.

With federal agencies being instructed to “humanely” enforce U.S. immigration laws, the removal of these individuals peaked at more than 61,000 between January 20 and September 30, 2017, according to a year-end Immigration and Customs Enforcement report,

As seen in the graph below, this is up from 44,512 during the same period in 2016.


The report showed that total removals declined from 240,255 in fiscal year 2016 to 226,119 in fiscal year 2017, but the decline is “possibly reflecting an increased deterrent effect from ICE’s stronger interior enforcement efforts.”

A decline in border apprehensions in 2017 means fewer attempts to enter the country illegally out of fear of the enforcement of immigration laws.

This is the lowest level of people caught trying to sneak over the southern border in 46 years, The Washington Post reported.

To the chagrin of Democrats and their media allies, there was also an increase in the number of non-criminal illegal immigrants being deported from the interior, more in 2017 than the two previous fiscal years under former President Barack Obama combined.


Tom Homan, ICE’s temporary director, attributed the improved numbers to Trump at a news conference in Washington.

“This president, like him or love him, is doing the right thing,” Homan told reporters.

“A 45-year low in border crossings? That’s not a coincidence,” he said. “That’s based on this president and his belief in letting the men and women of ICE and the Border Patrol do their job.”

The number of people crossing the border illegally began increasing as 2017 wore on, The Post noted, likely in anticipation of Congress taking action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Trump announced the end of DACA back in September, giving Congress 6 months to come up with a solution. That deadline expires in March, 2018.

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