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President Trump deported fewer Mexicans than former Pres. Obama

December 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
President Trump deported fewer Mexicans than former Pres. Obama

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President Trump deported 26% fewer Mexicans home this year through November than Barack Obama did during the same period in 2016, despite his pledges to crack down on illegal immigration.

Roughly 152,000 Mexican citizens were deported from the U.S. between January and November, according to data from Mexico’s Interior Ministry.

The data indicate that during the first 11 months of 2016, just under 205,000 Mexican nationals were deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

President Trump, who assumed office in January, has promised to deport potentially millions of illegal immigrants and to construct a wall along the Mexican border. He also stopped, at least briefly, Obama-era protections against the deportation of individuals who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children.

Additionally, an ICE report further reveals numbers indicating that through October deportations of Mexican immigrants were down, but administrative arrests of overall undocumented immigrants were up 30% in 2017, Bloomberg reported.

The data also notes that the decrease in removal numbers compared to last year was mainly due to about 17% fewer migrants detained at the border.

“For Mexicans who enter illegally, tools like expedited removal have led to increased deterrence, which has impacted entry levels,” Tyler Q. Houlton, the acting press secretary for Homeland Security, said.

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