In an article written for the Los Angeles Times, Brian Bennett reported that there is a 10% drop in deportations for 2013. Although for the year 2013, some 369,000 immigrants have been deported, the first year seeing a reduction in this administration’s tenure.
Although there is a 10% drop for 2013, President Obama’s administration has deported almost 2 million people in the past 5 years. This represents the highest number of deportations compared to any other president.
While many are placing a great emphasis on the this reduction as a harbinger of what’s to come, we must not lose sight of the fact that this is the administration that has deported the most people. The administration speaks like a friend of the immigrant people, but with the highest number of deportations of any administration, there is indeed cause to question the publicity. Actions do speak louder than words.
We won’t really know until we see what happens in the coming months. If the reduction trend continues, and more changes to enforcement are put into place, perhaps the administration has in fact changed it’s views and attitudes toward immigrants.
Meanwhile, the deferred action program is a way for many immigrants to legitimize their presence. Watch here for more analysis from Ken Lawson Law. Be skeptical of media hype because, like the article’s emphasis on a slight reduction in deportations, it stands in the background of the most deportations in recent history. We will help keep you informed.