Deportations of illegal immigrants were nine times higher last year than 20 years ago


Of all the matters on which American conservatives generally are wrong in their criticisms of President Obama, perhaps none is more egregious  than the issue of illegal immigration.

The right-wing rhetoric on this subject is usually the exact opposite of the truth. To wit, the popular notion among American xenophobes is that Obama has willfully ignored — nay, actually encouraged — a growing flood of illegals into our country. There are only two words to describe such claims — utter nonsense.

Take, for example, the argument made by one of my fellow bloggers at RRStar.com. He says America’s borders “are like a sieve due to the Obama border policies.” A sieve? Really?

The Economist, in a long article on this subject the other day, said this: “[T]he number of people entering America illegally via the south-western border has dropped…[I]n the past couple of years, for the first time since people started to talk about illegal migration, the outflow has been greater than the inflow.”

And how has that outflow of illegals been achieved? Again, The Economist has the answer: “Last year, America removed 369,000 undocumented migrants, an increase of nine times compared with 20 years ago. This takes the total number of the deported to almost 2 million in Barack Obama’s presidency.”

Even conservative pundit George Will says “net immigration from Mexico has recently been approximately zero.”

Will adds that “the Obama administration’s deportations are, if anything, excessive, made possible by post-9/11 technological and manpower resources.”

And yet House Speaker John Boehner had the gall to say earlier this week that he and his fellow Republican are unlikely to take action on immigration reform this year because Obama can’t be trusted to enforce any new laws in this matter.

And all the low-information fools who don’t know any better are going to believe Boehner.





  1. Yah right, and how many come back again and again? They have no respect for rule of law.

  2. “Even though illegal immigration is reversing and declining, the population was still 32 percent larger in 2009 than in 2000, when it numbered 8.4 million, according to the study. The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has tripled since 1990, when it was just 3.5 million.”

    32 percent larger, 369 k seems insignificant when looking at 11 + million.

    “About 11.7 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally, a population that has not varied much over the last three years but may recently be increasing again, according to new estimates published Monday by the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project. ” from the NY Times
    and “The new estimates, which are based on the most recent census data and other official statistics, show that the population of immigrants here illegally did not decline significantly from 2009 to 2012, despite record numbers of about 400,000 deportations each year and stepped-up border enforcement by the Obama administration as well as laws to crack down on illegal immigration in states like Alabama, Arizona and Georgia. ”

    Sounds like we need to double the 369 k to make a dent.

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