The U.S. government is on track to deport the fewest number of undocumented immigrants in almost a decade, according to internal government data obtained by the Associated Press. If the rate remains the same for the remainder of the fiscal year, which began in October of 2014, there will be approximately 236,000 deportations which is almost half the number of deportations three years ago.
Factors in Deportation Drop
- In November of 2014, the Obama administration announced a plan to prevent the deportation of millions of immigrants and provide an expedited path to naturalization for immigrants living and working in the country. A federal judge in Texas has blocked the implementation of the plan, but the Obama administration is fighting this legal challenge.
- The Department of Homeland Security has shifted its focus to criminals who are undocumented, and to those at the border, as they enter the country illegally. This shift has resulted in a drop in deportations for those in the interior of the country. In 2009, two-thirds of the 389,834 deportations were a result of immigrants living inside the country. This decreased dramatically over Obama’s term and in 2014, only one-third of the 315,943 deportations were due to immigrants living in the country.
- In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security launched a program which protects children from deportation.
- Border patrols have seen a decline in the number of illegal attempts to cross into the country. With less people trying to cross the border, there are less people to deport.
- There has been a shift in the demographics among immigrants. There is a rise in Central American immigrants from countries other than Mexico, including Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. This shift adds several factors to the drop in deportations:
- The immigrants from these countries tend to be families and children.
- Removing people from countries which are not contiguous to the U.S. is more time consuming.
- Immigrants from these countries have a greater number of claims for humanitarian relief or for asylum.
The variety of these factors has contributed to a reduction in the number of deportations. If the legal battle against the executive order from President Obama fails, the country will see this number drop even further.
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