Obama policies drive deportations decline in Georgia
by Jessica M. Vaughan
January 22, 2014 12:00 AM | 3025 views | 7 7 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Center for Immigration Studies
Center for Immigration Studies
Illegal alien activists and their allies in Washington have staged vigils, occupied busy intersections and chained themselves to jailhouse fences in a coordinated campaign to persuade President Obama to declare an end to deportations, which they say are at record levels.

Nearly every news story about immigration policy today parrots the claim, including, for example, the New York Times: “Since taking office, President Obama has deported more than 1.9 million foreigners, immigration officials announced last week, a record for an American president.”

But it’s not true, not even close — and especially not in Georgia. Where is Politifact when we need it?

According to the Office of Immigration Statistics within the Department of Homeland Security, which compiles and publishes immigration statistics, the Obama administration actually has the lowest number of deportations, and lowest average annual number of deportations since the Nixon administration.

In its first four years the Obama administration deported 3.2 million aliens, averaging just over 800,000 per year. Official numbers for 2013 have not been released yet, but indications are that the total will be about the same. These numbers include all deportations done by all DHS officers at the border, at the ports of entry, and from the interior of the country.

That is nowhere near the numbers of the George W. Bush administration, which deported 10.3 million aliens, averaging just over 1.3 million per year.

The real deportations record is held by the Clinton administration, which sent back 12.3 million over eight years, averaging 1.5 million per year. Even the Carter administration deported more people than the Obama administration.

Rather than use the official statistics, Obama’s team instead puts out press kits proclaiming record deportations. The catch is that these reports do not count all deportations, only those attributed to ICE, the agency responsible for interior enforcement. These have numbered about 400,000 a year since 2009, and add up to the 1.9 million figure cited by journalists.

This is the number that illegal alien activists have extrapolated to chant “1,000 deportations a day” and “1,000 Immigrant Families Broken Every Day.”

The number sounds impressive, and would be a record for ICE — but like Barry Bonds’ home run record, it’s artificially juiced. More than half of these deportations are actually people caught by the Border Patrol trying to enter illegally, who are then transferred briefly to ICE custody, not resident illegal aliens torn from their families in the interior. ICE Director John Sandweg recently admitted that ICE deported only 134,000 illegal aliens from the interior in 2013, out of a population of about 11.5 million. Interior deportations are down 40 percent since 2009.

Enforcement in Georgia has plummeted more than any other part of the country. In 2013, the Atlanta ICE field office arrested 60 percent fewer illegal aliens than the previous year, and fewer criminal aliens as well.

This is because of a series of executive-decree amnesties and so-called prosecutorial discretion policies launched by the Obama administration that shield at least 90 percent of the illegal population from enforcement. Under current rules (as distinct from the law), illegal aliens with family members and those who have not committed other serious offenses are off-limits for deportation.

As a result, ICE agents now are releasing more illegal aliens than they are deporting, even though they have more resources and technology at their disposal than ever before. Compounding the problem, ICE is refusing to accept many cases referred by local officers operating under the successful 287(g) enforcement partnerships in Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall and Whitfield counties.

ICE is doing less with more, at great cost — not only in fiscal terms, but also in public safety. When ICE fails to remove an illegal alien who has been arrested by local police, it gives that person another chance to create more victims, who are disproportionately more likely to reside in the very same immigrant community.

By shunning the work of its local law enforcement partners, ICE has left several Georgia communities more vulnerable to drug and gang crime, identity theft, and other problems closely tied to illegal immigration.

Obama’s deliberate suppression of immigration enforcement understandably has chilled enthusiasm among House Republicans for a massive comprehensive bill that has to be passed to learn what’s in it. Instead, lawmakers should pass narrower, targeted measures to boost interior enforcement and restore credibility to the laws we have.

Jessica M. Vaughan is director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington D.C.-based research institute.
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January 22, 2014
The people who are making this claim about record deportations obviously haven't been in Dunwoody. I see plenty of illegals. As for being able to tell who is an illegal alien with reasonable certainty I worked construction for years.
January 22, 2014
With unemployment so high, and people Will do the kind of work that Illegals will do..

We had a 1 time Amnesty in 1986 where has that got us? Was promised Never again, but congress/president wants to do the same thing.. It is foolish to expect a different result.

Unless you closed the loopholes on the so called Anchor Babies, and deported those caught in the county illegally nothing will change.
Johnnie Lewis
January 22, 2014
The police agencies are loathe to submit many illegals for deportation because they are put back on the streets within days of arrest. I do not blame the police officers and Sheriff's Deputies, because doing their job, only to have the results of their efforts slapped back in their faces, is extremely discouraging. I blame the ICE for not following through with the arrests made and prosecuting the charges levied by law enforcement. The illegals in this area are slipping in and out, like roaches in the kitchen at night. When the blue light is turned on, they scatter.
January 22, 2014
bho has driven deportation down in all states trying to defend their citizens. bho is in bed with big business the Chamber of Commerce that wants cheap labor through Work Visas and amnesty.

No one in D.C. cares that people on Work Visas are on the Fed. dole forcing American tax paters to assist in supporting 48% of them due to low wages,because it is to their advantage.

No one in D.C. cares that illegal aliens murder and kill 35 Americans daily.

They do not care that 85% of the gun violence in America is committed by the Mexican drug cartel illegal alien gang members according to a 2009 FBI report.

They said nothing when Napolitano stopped recording OTM's,Other Than Mexicans.

They do not want you to know that clothing with terrorist patches and prayer rugs with the Twin Towers burning have been found inside our borders.

That Napolitano made E-Verify useless when she allowed illegals to go into the system and change anything they deem incorrect.

They do not want us to know about the raping trees inside America where women are raped and under garment's are hung on tree branches as bragging rights. That women who plan to cross our borders now start taking birth control pills before the trip.These men are loose in our society.

That our brave Border Agents are trained to run and hide instead of stand their ground against the drug cartel.

Kiss America goodbye if things do not change soon!!

Jane W.
January 22, 2014
The 20 million unemployed and under-employed Americans (and LEGAL immigrants) are hurt most by Pres. Obama's refusal to enforce our immigration laws.
Dave Gorak
January 22, 2014
Perhaps what needs to happen before our government does its job is to have a group of school children - or or maybe a few elected officials - to be caught in a crossfire between two Georgia drug gangs. But I could be wrong. Nearly 13 years have gone by since 3,000 people were murdered on 9/11 and our immigration policy is still a pathetic joke.
Carole Louviere
January 22, 2014
Illegal aliens may actually perform work here but because they cannot comply with employment laws requiring demonstration of their legal right to be here they often work and are paid under the table, thereby also avoiding employment statistics and paying appropriate taxes. They begin by being here illegally and compound the situation with additional crimes. Clearly they demonstrate a lack of respect for our laws and to reward them with amnesty of any kind insults the efforts of those who have immigrated here lawfully and obey our laws when they get here.
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