Fewer undocumented immigrants being deported

Published: Apr. 29, 2015 at 5:46 PM MST|Updated: May. 13, 2015 at 5:46 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Illegal immigrants are being deported at a lower rate than at any time since 2006.

The Associated Press got its hands on internal Department of Homeland Security documents, which show fewer than twenty thousand people have been deported, on average, during each of the last six months.

If that rate continues, the government will remove about 236,000 people for the 12 months ending in September. The last time this few immigrants were deported in a 12-month period was back in 2006, when just over 207,000 people were sent home.

President Obama pledged to slow deportations when he was re-elected back in 2012, and focus on only removing people who are high-risk and have criminal histories. His quest to put his executive actions into effect that would shield millions more from deportation is stuck in the courts.

Just last week, the Department of Homeland Security said the number of people, especially children, being caught at our border with Mexico was way down compared to last year. DHS said the number of unaccompanied minors arrested between September of '14 and March of '15 was down 45 percent compared to the same six months the previous year. Remember, many of the kids caught at the border were housed temporarily in Nogales.

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