SHOCK REPORT: Obama Admin Cut Deportations of Criminal Immigrants in Half in Last Two Years
President Barack Obama’s immigration okey-doke on being the ‘deporter-in-chief’ has been exposed as a lie by examinations of ICE records that show that not only are total deportations plummeting, but deportations of criminals has been gutted even as Obama promised to ‘prioritize’ enforcement against them. And it turns out ICE has redefined ‘criminal’ to mislead and pad the number of criminals deported.
Less than one year ago on November 20, 2014 Obama gave a prime time White House address to the nation announcing his ‘executive action amnesty’ in which he said he was prioritizing resources by focusing on deporting criminal immigrants rather than other illegal aliens whom he said were not a ‘threat to our security’.
“Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we’re also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable -– especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why, over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent. And that’s why we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day.”
A recent study by the Associated Press of deportations in Fiscal Year 2015 compared with a comprehensive study of deportations covering FY 2008-2013 by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University shows that in the year after Obama gave his immigration speech promising to focus on deporting criminal immigrants, deportations in FY 2015 of immigrants defined by ICE as criminals was about 136,700 as opposed to 216,810 in FY 2013– a stunning drop-off of nearly fifty percent in just two years.
The sharp drop in deportations of criminals coincided with an overall gutting of deportations by Obama. The AP reported overall deportations for FY 2015 were down forty-two percent since FY 2012–the peak year for deportations under Obama–231,000 from 409,849.