U.S. officials linked the drop in the number of deportations to the drop in the number of apprehensions due to the “deterrent effect,” which has led to tougher enforcement of the Trump administration’s border laws, The Washington Post reported.

Although public opinion is outraged by the deportations and children’s prisons attributed to President Donald Trump, these cruelties actually began with Barack Obama, before the current president banned them.

“Democrats mistakenly tweeted 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages,” President Trump wrote after media accusations.

“They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires,” he added after New York Times Editor-in-Chief Jake Silverstein, Obama speech writer Jon Favreau, and CNN reporter Hadas Gold shared the photos unaware that they dated back to the Obama era.

“But if the left wants to call them cages and the Democrats want to call them cages then they have to accept the fact that they were built and funded in FY 2015,″ said Thomas Homan, former associate executive director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service during Obama’s presidency, according to the Washington Examiner.

‘Deporter in chief’

In comparison, President Barack Obama deported in the first three years of his term about 400,000 more people than President Donald Trump in the same period, The Washington Examiner noted, suggesting that the current administration has managed to send a message to those considering traveling to the United States that it is not worth trying.

President Trump has maintained a steady number of deportations of between 200,000 and 300,000 people since taking office, while Obama reached record annual figures even surpassing 400,000 in 2012, according to official figures obtained by Axios.

Moreover, in his first year in the White House, President Trump deported 177,000 fewer illegal aliens than Obama in his first year (2009), according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data cited by the BBC.

Deportation records for each U.S. president. (Department of Homeland Security)

Recently, former Vice President Joe Biden fought to defend the immigration record of Democratic President Obama who boasted defending immigrants despite having done more deportations than any other president between 2009 and 2016, gaining the nickname of “deporter in chief,” according to Vox.

“You served as vice president in an administration that deported 3 million people—the most ever in U.S. history. Did you do anything to prevent those deportations?” moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden during the Sept. 12 Democratic debate.

“I stand with Barack Obama all eight years, good, bad, and indifferent,” Biden replied before arguing that asylum should be granted to all immigrants who reach the border.