According to data compiled by Axios from the Department of Homeland Security figures, the number of deportations under Trump administration is lower than under the Obama administration.
Under the Obama administration, from 2009 to 2011, deportations were more than 385,000 each year while under Trump administration, deportations fell to 226,119 in 2017, then up to over 250,000 in 2018 and hit high of 282,242 as of June this year.
However, that number is still much lower than the record high deportations of 419,384 in 2012 under the Obama administration.
Deportations under Trump are expected to be higher as President Trump speeds up to deport millions.
According to AP, President Trump could have a tough time meeting his deportation campaign pledge, and one of the reasons for that is that ICE is already overwhelmed, lacking staff, funding and detention space for its current work. And any massive roundup that includes deportation of families would be sure to spark outrage.
The Pew Research Center has estimated there are about 10.5 million people in the United States illegally, with long-term residents outnumbering recent arrivals.
Between 2009 and 2012, the Obama administration deported 1.6 million immigrants. About 2 million were deported during the eight years of the George W. Bush administration, according to AP.
On June 18, President Trump announced that ICE would begin deporting millions of illegal immigrants in a tweet:
….long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
Later, he delayed the process to work on a solution with Congress.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019