Posted by: Floyd J Fernandez, J.D. | October 5, 2015

Which President Has The Most Deportations: How To Creatively Lie With Government Statistics–Obama Redux

In recent days the Department of Homeland Security, through a contracted publisher named, published a report that focuses on the portion of the Annual DHS Report on Immigration, including the number of immigrant visas awarded, both historically and in the past year, and the number of individuals who have been deported.

In that article, DHS declares that, triumph!–Barack Obama is nowhere near the mean and hypocritical deporter of innocent DREAM kids, wrecker of families, or the general Deporter-in-Chief that has been attributed to him.  Oh, no, in the first 5 years of his Presidency, his numbers so far are less than a quarter of those under Bill Clinton, and triple of those deported by George W. Bush, and even is less than Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, or even Dwight Eisenhower.  Obama is preserved as the great and compassionate One, he who gives benefits to all immigrants if not for evil Republicans.

Then one takes time to check the actual publication from which this article quotes, and you find that the proclamation is a pack of lies.  The earlier Presidents came from eras in which deportations were practically nil, a few thousands per year or, eventually tens of thousands.  But the vast bulk of deportations were not deportations as normally understood, but interceptions at the border, in a time in which the Border Patrol and ICE (or INS, as it was known until 2003), was catching and returning hundreds of thousands, as many as nearly 1,900,000 in 2000.  However, as any ICE or Border Patrol officer will tell you, that was a situation where many, under the procedure of “catch and release,” would be caught, held for a few hours or a couple of days, fingerprinted, and then sent back across the unfenced border, only to return again within hours or days, and not caught.  As many as an equal number or even twice as many, were never caught in those days, and continued to fill America, until as many as 15 million undocumenteds were living in the U.S. during the peak period of illegal immigration from the late 1990s until 2007.

While Mr. Obama will claim that deportations have shrunk under his administration, the real numbers indicate otherwise.  By the end of the fiscal year 2013, the number of actual deportations exceeded 2.1 million under Obama, and exceeded the numbers under Bush for 8 years, and by now have exceeded that of all other Presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton.  What happened in the meantime was that the number of apprehensions at the border dramatically dropped.  The events of 9/11/2001 scared off many immigrants, the slowdown in the American economy contributed to even more, and more importantly, the building of a network of 670 miles of fencing, and 250 miles of vehicle barriers, and quadrupling of border patrol-ICE officers from 4,500 to 19,000, authorized under President Bush along the southern border with Mexico, was more than 90% in place in 2009, when Mr. Obama called off further activity.  The number of apprehensions, even with the large rush of children and parents from Central America in 2014, have dropped to under 170,000.  That made Mr. Obama’s record look impressive, while the actual numbers of deportations under him hitched into overdrive.

The hypocrisy attempted via the rewriting of history is an old one with politicians.  Mr. Obama is a new and more brazen version of that art.

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