Immigration Arrests Up, But Obama's Still the ‘deporter-in-chief'

Despite its get-tough rhetoric, the administration of President Donald Trump isn't on pace to swipe the "deporter-in-chief" title once given to former President Barack Obama. This week, the Department of Justice said U.S. immigration courts have issued almost 50,000 new orders of removal in the first six months of the Trump administration, nearly a 30 percent increase over the same time period in 2016. And a week earlier, the acting chief of Immigration and Custom Enforcement said 66,000 people have been detained thus far this year -- nearly a 40 percent increase over the same period of 2016.But U.S. statistics also point to the conclusion that detaining more people doesn't mean more undocumented immigrants are actually being physically removed from the country.Almost 1 million undocumented immigrants have been ordered by judges to leave, but haven't, says a spokeswoman for Immigration and Custom Enforcement.  Continue reading...

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