The Associated Press is reporting the results of an investigation of Department of Homeland Security data about deportations of undocumented immigrants. The bottom line number: there will be fewer deportations this year (edit) than there have been since 2007.
The Homeland Security Department is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants since 2007, according to an analysis of its data by The Associated Press.Follow me below the squiggle to learn why shouldn't take bottom-line numbers of deportations as your guide to President Obama's immigration policy.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible for deportations, sent home 258,608 immigrants between the start of the budget year last Oct. 1 and July 28 this summer, a decrease of nearly 20 percent from the same period in 2013, when 320,167 people were removed.
Over 10 months in 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 344,624 people, some 25 percent more than this year, according to federal figures obtained by the AP.