By Dave Gibson, July 18, 2019
Recently, the left-wing website known as AXIOS published a piece entitled “Trump isn’t matching Obama deportation numbers.” The writers (Yes, it took two of them to come up with four paragraphs of this propaganda.) claimed that throughout the majority of Obama’s eight-year presidency, his deportations far outnumbered those of President Trump.
“Under the Obama administration, total ICE deportations were above 385,000 each year in fiscal years 2009-2011, and hit a high of 409,849 in fiscal 2012. The numbers dropped to below 250,000 in fiscal years 2015 and 2016.
Under Trump, ICE deportations fell to 226,119 in fiscal 2017, then ticked up to over 250,000 in fiscal 2018 and hit a Trump administration high of 282,242 this fiscal year (as of June).”
Of course, the preceding words were designed to cause strife among Trump supporters.
However, the poorly researched, cherry picked article is very easily dismissed with something the left likely hates even more than President Donald Trump…Facts!
For several years, the Obama Administration claimed to be deporting around 400,000 illegal aliens annually, until the now-deceased Cochise County (AZ) Sheriff Larry Dever exposed what he described as not only an inflated figure, but as Obama’s “strategy of turning immigrants back to keep arrest figures down.”
In March 2011, Sheriff Dever told Fox News that for two years, U.S. Border Patrol officials had been telling him they were ordered on multiple occasions to reduce and even stop apprehending illegal aliens crossing the U.S./Mexican border.
Sheriff Dever said that a Border Patrol supervisor informed him that the agency was ordered to keep the number of arrests down during specific reporting periods.
“The senior supervisor agent is telling me about how their mission is now to scare people back. He said, ‘I had to go back to my guys and tell them not to catch anybody, that their job is to chase people away.’ They were not to catch anyone, arrest anyone. Their job was to set up posture, to intimidate people, to get them to go back.”
The following month, the Daily Mail reported that Sheriff Dever received more than 100 emails from law enforcement agents, who supported his claims.
They claim they have first-hand knowledge of the Border Patrol’s alleged strategy of turning immigrants back to keep arrest figures down.
One San Diego border agent told him: ‘Upper management has advised supervisors to have agents ‘Turn Back South’ (TBS) the illegal aliens (aka bodies) they detect attempting to unlawfully enter the country … at times you even hear supervisors order the agents over the radio to ‘TBS’ the aliens instead of catching them.
‘This only causes more problems as the aliens, as you know, don’t just go back to Mexico and give up. They keep trying, sometimes without 10 minutes in-between attempts, to cross illegally.’
In May 2011, Dever told the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security that the Border Patrol’s new policy of giving a warning to illegal aliens rather than taking them into custody, known as “Turn Back South,” was not only being practiced near the border, but far north of it as well.
Agents were told to get a ‘head count’ of those ‘Turned Back South,’ and the Obama Administration was actually adding those head counts into their official deportation numbers.
Not surprisingly, AXIOS also failed to mention that between Fiscal Years 2013-2014, the Obama Administration ordered ICE to release 66,565 illegal aliens, who were previously convicted of crimes in this country.
In short, Trump’s deportation numbers are real, Obama’s were manufactured.
But, as you may have noticed, we are now living in what will one day be known as the ‘post-fact era.’