The Obama Administration’s policies regarding deportation have earned the President the title “Deporter in Chief” among many who would like to see him take a softer stance. One of the arguments in support of such a moniker is that the President has dramatically increased the number of illegal immigrants being deported as compared to his predecessor, George W. Bush. Many believe that he has also increased deportations in the years since his presidency began as well. But, a new report is shedding additional light on President Obama’s immigration policies, and calling into question whether or not he has actually pursued the aggressive deportation practices that many believe he has.
According to figures reported in a recent article on the website DallaNews.com, the Obama Administration has been decreasing the number of immigration cases it brings in U.S. courts in recent years, and judges have been increasingly ruling against deportations as well. According to Justice Department statistics released last week, these combined factors have led to an overall 43% drop in the number of deportations which have been processed through U.S. courts over the past five years.
According to the article, the Obama Administration opened 23% fewer deportation cases in 2013 than in 2009. The catalyst for the decreasing number of deportation cases seems to have been the Obama Administration’s decision to use more prosecutorial discretion in 2011, and is evidenced by the fact that deportation cases dropped dramatically immediately afterwards. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security opened 50,000 fewer deportation cases in 2013 than in 2011 – which can be seen as a direct result of the administration’s having implemented the policies allowing discretion.
The figures presented here paint a completely different picture than the figures cited by those who claim that the current administration is especially prone to deporting undocumented immigrants. Instead, these figures can be interpreted an attempt by the Obama Administration to use the Executive Branch to rectify some of the nation’s many immigration related legal shortfalls.
The Austin immigration attorney at Lyttle Law Firm are watching all of the nation’s immigration related developments closely, in order to keep abreast of everything that happens. By doing so we can best help our immigrant clients achieve the best possible outcomes in their immigration cases and situations. If you, or someone you know, are in need of immigration related legal assistants contact is now at 512-215-5225.