Recently released data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials reveals that deportations have declined dramatically under the Biden administration. Deportations have fallen by nearly 90 percent since 2019, which have accelerated after the Biden administration introduced an array of open-border policies that undermine the authority of immigration agents.
Moreover, illegal immigrants previously convicted of arson, rape, and murder have been deported in smaller numbers since the implementation of Biden’s immigration policies, which contrast strongly with the protective measures taken by former President Trump.
Jessica M. Vaughan announced the findings earlier this week. Vaughan, who serves as the policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, notes that the Biden administration’s current approach to immigration “is one of the most clueless and egregious acts of negligence in modern government history.”
Vaughan is unsurprised that deportations have decreased as a result, though the extent of the decrease is startling. One of Biden’s first actions in the Oval Office was to completely dismantle the border policies instituted by the Trump administration, in spite of the fact that these policies significantly reduced the flow of illegal migrant traffic to the United States.
However, after Biden ascended to the Oval Office, construction of the border wall was promptly halted, and the border doors were opened. In addition, strict rules were imposed upon various ICE officials, which stymied their ability to deport illegal immigrants.
Vaughan’s data is provided via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which demonstrates that ICE will likely remove only 62,000 illegal immigrants, in contrast to 186,000 in 2020. In addition, before the pandemic hit, over 267,000 illegal immigrants were deported in 2019.
Biden alleges that new ICE policies “make ICE more efficient,” but Vaughan notes that “the result is simply less enforcement, and even enforcement against criminals, who should be the top priority.”