According to figures, Obama deported a record number of undocumented migrants during his tenure. Obama can be seen above in December 2019
Former President Obama’s immigration policies have been variously criticized as too harsh and too weak.
Immigrant advocates derisively dubbed him the “ Deporter-In-Chief ” after ICE removed a record 409,000 immigrants in 2012.
Meanwhile, Republicans have denounced his policies as “back door amnesty.”
The question of what to do with the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the country and how to enforce immigration laws has been a hot topic over the past decade.
According to ABC newsObama has deported more undocumented migrants than any other president, including his successor, Donald Trump, who had the message that he would vigorously tackle illegal immigration.
Between 2009 and 2015, approximately 2.5 million undocumented migrants were deported by order of the Obama administration.
That figure reportedly does not include those who were “ themselves deported ” or rejected at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Guards.
In total, it is estimated that more than 5 million undocumented migrants were deported or returned to their country of origin immediately after crossing the border during the Obama years.
In November 2014, Obama issued an executive order directing ICE to focus on deporting criminals rather than families.
Those convicted of crimes were given priority for deportation, while undocumented migrants who had lived in the country for years and held jobs were lower on the list of priorities.
“Criminals, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mother who works hard to take care of her children. We will set priorities, just as law enforcement does every day, ”Obama said in November 2014 when he announced his executive action on immigration.
Obama also introduced the Deferred Action Against the Arrival of Children – or DACA – program that protected young migrants who came to the country as children from deportation.
Although Trump imposed harsh measures to combat illegal immigration, his administration did not deport as many undocumented migrants as his predecessor, Obama.
As president, Obama also introduced the Delayed Action for the Arrival of Children (DACA) program, which protected the children of undocumented immigrants from deportation. The image above shows DACA recipients and supporters protesting to the Supreme Court in November 2019 after the Trump administration tried to end the program
According to the Migration Policy Institutethe Trump administration “deported only slightly more than a third of the number of unauthorized immigrants from the interior during the first four fiscal years than the Obama administration during the same period.”
While the number of deportations has yet to be determined in 2020, the numbers show that the Trump administration was lagging behind the Obama administration in the number of migrants deported. ‘
In November 2019 The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration deported fewer migrants in the first three years than the Obama administration in the same time frame.
While Obama deported 1.18 million people during his first three years in office, Trump deported fewer than 800,000.