The Trump administration will likely deport fewer people in fiscal year 2017 than were deported in 2016, according to new figures.
The Washington Post reported Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported 240,255 people during fiscal year 2016. Fiscal year 2017 ends Sept. 30, and through Sept. 9 the deportation figure was 211,068.
The Post reported the 2016 deportation number at the same point in the year was higher than it is this year.
President Donald Trump has pledged multiple times to deport illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds. ICE has conducted several high-profile raids this year that have resulted in many deportations.
Here are the deportation figures since fiscal year 2008, according to ICE data:
- 2008: 369,221
- 2009: 389,834
- 2010: 392,862
- 2011: 396,906
- 2012: 409,849
- 2013: 368,644
- 2014: 315,943
- 2015: 235,413
- 2016: 240,255
One potential reason for the lower 2017 figures could be data that shows there are more than 630,000 pending immigration cases across the U.S.
Another reason could be the fact illegal border crossings were down 76 percent in the first part of the year after Trump took office.
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