The U.S. deported more people — nearly 400,000 — who were in the country illegally in fiscal 2011 than ever before, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau.
President Obama’s administration touted the startling figures as evidence of its progress in stopping illegal immigration, a record that could help the president win back independent voters who abandoned Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.
But those numbers are suspect, based on information revealed when the 2010 deportation numbers came out (Numbers USA).
The Administration has claimed that nearly 393,000 illegal aliens were deported in the last fiscal year, setting a new one-year high, but at least 19,000 of the 393,000 were actually deported in 2009. The larger number also represents another 6,500 who were part of a repatriation program that would normally fall under Border Patrol statistics.
When ICE realized that it wouldn't meet its 2009 numbers, officials also encouraged foreign nationals to accept quick deportations in exchange for a clean immigration record. The voluntary returns were also counted as deportations for the department.
So there's some "cooking of the books" in order to make Richard Milhous Obama look tougher on illegal immiration than he really is.
Don't forget also, Obama even admitted these numbers were "deceptive."