Despite an increase in the rate of apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the border, the number of people the Obama administration deported last year plunged, according to data obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper cites a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement draft report that found, for the year ending on Sept. 30, the Obama administration removed 315,943 people. That’s down 14 percent from the previous year and is the fewest deported by the Obama administration to date.
The paper’s report further revealed that the 213,719 removals of those apprehended at the border while trying to illegally enter the U.S. amounted to a nine percent decline from the year before.
Interior removals experienced the greatest decline. The draft report reveals that just 102,224 people were removed and of that 85 percent were individuals convicted of a crime.