Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Obama administration reportedly has cut back on deporting undocumented immigrants, with forced departures on track to drop more than 10 percent, the first annual decline in more than a decade. In his first term, President Barack Obama emphasized deportations to show he was getting tough on immigration enforcement, which some members of Congress have demanded as a condition for overhauling existing laws. Fiscal year 2012-13 was different. The government deported 343,020 people in the U.S. illegally from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 7, 2013, the most recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement data show. If that pace continued through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, removals would reach a six-year low.