WASHINGTON (AP) – New government figures show deportations of immigrants in the United States illegally have declined for the third consecutive year.
The figures obtained by The Associated Press show that the Obama administration deported just over 231,000 people during the past 12 months ending September 28.
It is the fewest number of immigrants sent home during that time span since 2006. The total is a 42 percent drop since 2012, when President Barack Obama’s immigration authorities hit a record of more than 409,000 deportations.
The administration also deported the fewest criminal immigrants since Obama took office in 2009, despite Obama’s pledge to focus limited resources on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally.
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