Deporter in Chief: Deportations Under Obama Still Higher Than Under Trump

For both Democrats and Republicans, the recent deportation numbers may come as something of an unpleasant surprise. It turns out the President Barack Obama deported more illegal immigrants than Trump even after two years of Trump’s controversial immigration policies.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Ronald Vitello released the figures for the last year which included the detention of  “a record number” of illegal immigrants as well as a rise in deportations of 13 percent since 2017. However, the figures show  that the number of those deported under Obama in 2012 reached 409,849 as opposed to 235,413 in 2015 and 240,255 in 2016.  In 2018, the figure reached 256,000.

Notably, some 145,262 of the 256,000 had prior criminal convictions and 22,796 had criminal charges pending against them.  This also included some 5,872 who were known or suspected gang members and 42 suspected terrorists.

51 thoughts on “Deporter in Chief: Deportations Under Obama Still Higher Than Under Trump”

  1. maybe accurate or not– but Jeff Sessions failed policy of ginning up many thousands of cases attempting to deport Asian migrants with temporary work cards due to minor paperwork problems, has stupidly antagonized even more pro Republican Asian communities like the Vietnamese

    now that weak and ineffective Sessions is gone, time to


  2. The news media does not give accurate information on the migrant problem The media tends to twell on the need of humans to escape from Honduras or some such place because of gangs or loss of food or other issues. America cannot take in a small percentage of such so called refugees. Trump allows too many in. Just say No!

    America is not the nation it was sixty plus years ago. We need migrants who have skills. We need to promote our schools so our people have skills.

    This family whose daughter died after they were let in across the border, or snuck in, is complaining about their treatment here. Well they come into the country in a rural area that had no doctors around. Are we supposed to line up a bunch of border clinics along the southern border? No. A Wall. Don’t let em in.

      1. Young adults who graduate from St. Louis Community College who have tech skills can migrate to California and work for Apple. And Apple can come to St. Louis.

  3. You MUST start verifying your facts. The “Deporter In Chief” claim has been rebuked. In another attempt to “massage the narrative”, The Obama administration changed the definition and reporting . “Under the Obama administration the number declined. The federal government expels illegal immigrants through returns and removals.Under the Obama administration, returns and removals of illegal immigrants declined from 1.2 million in 2008 to 460,000 in 2015.”(Source: Just Facts) Previously, the federal government did not count people apprehended at the border as “deportations”.

    Obama knew he was deceiving people and he stated that during an interview with an Hispanic media outlet – why? Again, he likes spinning narratives and avoiding the full “truth” to achieve his version of “justice” – Ends vs the means belief. Here is a source you should check more often. Just Facts … Better than willfully accepting so much of the false news and facts.

  4. Not only is Obamacare unconstitutional, so was citizen-Obama’s un-presidency.

    Obama had no authority to deport or take any action as President of the United States as he was not eligible to hold the office. Being born of one parent who was a U.S. citizen and one parent who was a citizen of a foreign country, Obama was and never will be a “natural born citizen,” the definition of which exists in the legal text and reference of the era, recognized and affirmed by the American Founders, the Law of Nations, 1758, Book 1, Ch 19, Section 212. As binding as and demonstrated by past practices, the inverse of statutes of limitation and the principle of adverse possession, every President prior to Obama had two parents who were citizens at the time of the candidate’s birth.

    Congressmen and Senators may be mere “citizens.”

    The President must be a “natural born citizen.”

    Eligibility for Congressman

    Article 1, Section 2

    “No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen.”

    Eligibility for Senator

    Article 1, Section 3

    “No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the age of thirty years, and been nine years a citizen of the United States and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be chosen.”

    Eligibility for President

    Article 2, Section 1

    “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.”

  5. Oblahblah speaks like the bitter inconsequential ex Prez he is:
    “If they can’t get it done in Congress, they’ll keep trying in the courts, even when it puts people’s pre-existing conditions coverage at risk,” Obama said in a Facebook post. “The only way to convince them to stop trying to repeal this law, and start working to make health care better, is to keep voting, in big numbers, in every election, for people who’ll protect and improve our care.”

    Such a POS that whiny white boy who accomplished nothing for Americans other than “divide and conquer”….and become rich like a whitey liberal ala Meryl Streep

  6. Did you say Obama or Original Intent?

    “…a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”

    “The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”

    – Alexander Hamilton

    We gave you “…a republic, if you can keep it.”

    – Ben Franklin

    Male, European, 21 with 50 lbs. Sterling or 50 acres;

    voters in the American restricted-vote republic must be.

    – American Founders

    “…free white person may be admitted to become a citizen…”

    – Naturalization Act of 1790

    “If all earthly power were given me,” said Lincoln in a speech delivered in Peoria, Illinois, on October 16, 1854, “I should not know what to do, as to the existing institution [of slavery]. My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land.” After acknowledging that this plan’s “sudden execution is impossible,” he asked whether freed blacks should be made “politically and socially our equals?” “My own feelings will not admit of this,” he said, “and [even] if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not … We can not, then, make them equals.”

    – Abraham Lincoln

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