download-1While Trump is obnoxious, we should should keep in mind the Obama record when it comes to deportations.

This is from ABC News:

“How many people have been deported under Obama?

“President Barack Obama has often been referred to by immigration groups as the ‘Deporter in Chief’.

download“Between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who “self-deported” or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

“How does he compare to other presidents?

“According to governmental data, the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president’s administration in history.

“In fact, they have deported more than the sum of all the presidents of the 20th century.”

Yeh, the Democrats are sooo much better than the Republicans eh?
  1. nada says:

    The article doesn’t answer the question. The answer is “yes”, and do so quite easily. It only requires a slight bump up in ICE personnel, immigration court expansion and a few other reactionary tweaks. He could *easily* double that number to 5 or 6 million (or more) over 4 to 8 years and not break a sweat and not, very importantly, make it look like a Nazi crackdown on immigrants. That is what is scary. He can actually do it.

    A lot of this depends on the response to any increase in deportation. At last the small ‘brake’ is off in terms of many Dems who oppose an increase in deportations and were unhappy with Obama’s increase but wouldn’t say anything cuz, well, he’s Obama and a Democrat. Now? There are at least less constraints of that nature.

    All the above, anyway, can be done with out Congressional legislation…it is solely in the hands of the Dept. of Justice (which ICE falls under). But, with Congressional approval it could be a lot worse. Making ICE – Local police department collaboration mandatory; elimination of all sanctuary city ordinances, making local cops *into* ICE agents; use of the FBI and other US security apparatuses crack down in massive arrests of undocumented; massive deployment of US army to the borders (this is solely an Exectutive decision but funds would have to be approved by Congress) and host of other “police state like” measures.

  2. Susanne K says:

    I think Trump will be hard-pressed to deport as many as Obama has. I took the point of the piece as being that Trump’s bark is going to find it hard going to equal Obama’s bite when it comes to deportations.