Griselda Nevarez | Voxxi
Both sides of the immigration debate were quick to criticize the latest removal numbers released Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that reveal the agency deported 368,644 people in fiscal year 2013.
Advocates are not happy with the numbers, saying undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to national security or community
A sign on a street corner in Washington, DC, in April 2013. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)
safety continue to be deported and separated from their families. At the same time, immigration hardliners are criticizing the Obama administration for deporting about 41,200 fewer people than last fiscal year when a total of 409,849 people were deported.
The number of removals this year brings the total number of people who’ve been deported during the five years that President Barack Obama has been in office to nearly 2 million. The number of deportations during the eight years of George W. Bush presidency reached 2 million.