Despite crackdown, ICE data shows that President Trump has deported less immigrants than Obama

A latest report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency shows that nearly 70 percent of those being held in detention centers in the United States have no prior criminal conviction.

The Trump administration said this is because 75 percent of those detained were actually apprehended at the border — part of the current administration’s policy to crack down on illegal immigration.

Yet the number of immigrants deported in the last three years under President Donald Trump is actually fewer than former President Barack Obama during his first three years in office.

But many immigrant advocates, including the lead attorney at the Migrant Center of New York, Fil-Am Cristina Godinez said the numbers don’t really tell the whole story.

“Enforcement during the Obama years had clear priorities. The government at that time focused on persons with criminal history or problems with the law. Right now the policy is indiscriminate. Any non-citizens is actually a target.”

Godinez said they are not defending the immigration record of the Obama administration — but stressed that Trump’s policies continue to create a chilling effect on many immigrant communities, including Filipinos.

“It is not just a matter of how many people are being deported, it is also a matter of how many people apply for asylum and were denied. The policy of requiring asylum seekers to stay in Mexico before they can apply in the united states. The policy of you know, the extreme vetting when people apply for visas in order to come to the United States.”

Recently, the leader of a United Nations study on children’s rights faulted the U.S. for the inhumane treatment and high incarceration of children.

“Of course, separating children as was done by the Trump administration from their parents and even small children at the Mexican-US border is absolutely prohibited by the Convention of the rights of the child – I would call it inhumane treatment for both the parents and the children. And there are still quite a number of children that are separated from their parents and where neither the children know where the parents are, nor the parents know where their children are,” said Manfred Nowak, independent expert, UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

According to the UN study, there are more than 100,000 children in migration-related detention in the U.S.

Meanwhile, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll, 54 percent of Americans want more, not fewer deportations of those in the U.S. illegally.

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  • Mario
    21 November 2019 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Under the OBAMA regime, there are 3 Million illegal alien deported for 8 years, equivalent to 1,027 per day. Under TRUMP admin, for 3 years, there are 476,119 deported equivalent to 435 per day. This show the ICE under OBAMA are more CRUEL than Trump ICE. OBAMA regime constructed hundreds PIG PEN Cages to separate immigrant children they call it a household detention. WATCH; Youtube; “Separated migrant families held in cages at the Texas border.” The DEMOCRAT/media does not want to show this OBAMA CRUELTY to 100,000 children. TRUMP ICE was warned on this PIG PEN Cages, as a trap, so they NEVER used it and closed/locked it permanently, when TRUMP got elected.