But in reaching 392,862 deportations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement included more than 19,000 immigrants who had exited the previous fiscal year, according to agency statistics. ICE also ran a Mexican repatriation program five weeks longer than ever before, allowing the agency to count at least 6,500 exits that, without the program, would normally have been tallied by the U.S. Border Patrol.I don't really understand why the administration is trying so hard to make it look like it deported more illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2010 than it did in fiscal year 2009 (each ends September 30). Well, I do understand, but if the administration wanted to be
The estimated number of illegal immigrants living in the United States fell from 11.6 million in 2008 to 11.1 million in 2009 (Pew Hispanic Center estimates). As the total number of illegal immigrants living in the US declines, we are also likely to see fewer people deported.
Just take a page from the drug war playbook and say that fewer deportations is a sign of success. The when the number of illegal immigrants in the country increases (again) and a greater number of people are deported (again), you can call that success.