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Deportations Are Down For The Third Year In A Row

In a trend showing both the impact of the Obama administration’s immigration programs and a greater overall shift in immigration, ICE deportations are down for the third year in a row. In 2015, 235,413 people were deported as opposed to 315,934 in 2014. This decline is further down from the year before. There is also a marked decrease of 150,000 less people trying to cross the border undocumented. This is even factoring in the increased immigration of mostly unaccompanied minors from Central America. This means that the numbers of Mexicans entering the country undocumented is even less than imagined. This is further effected by a negative percentage of Mexican immigrants because more are leaving the U.S. than are coming in. There are many reasons for this trend.

For one thing we have a decrease in deportations thanks to the DACA program instituted by the Obama administration. This along with other directives from president Obama have led to more people being naturalized or given green cards or temporary visas. There has also been an increase in border security that has made it more difficult to enter the country. So, if all of this is true, and the numbers say they are, then why are conservatives painting the picture of undocumented immigration they are making? If there is a negative percentage of people crossing the border as opposed to leaving and the numbers are down overall, then why this narrative of invasion by foreigners? The only thing that makes sense is that it doesn’t come from trying to increase national security or secure jobs for Americans but rather the xenophobia and anti-immigrant rhetoric that has been part of American life since the beginning. The Know Nothings of the 19th century sound eerily like Donald Trump and his ilk. We should just drop the pretense that this is anything other than racism.

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