Is Obama administration soft on Illegal Immigrants?

While Republicans may fret and fume over Obama’s executive order on immigration which allows temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, along with an indefinite reprieve from deportation, the fact remains the Obama administration has deported more undocumented immigrants than any other administration in history.

Facts seem to point out that Obama administration, while being liberal on the Immigration reforms, has however in the past 5 years, deported a record number of illegal immigrants.

As per a research done by Pew Research Centre, the Obama administration deported a record 438,421 unauthorized immigrants in fiscal year 2013, continuing a streak of stepped up enforcement that has resulted in more than 2 million deportations since Obama took office, released Department of Homeland Security data show.

The total number of deportations during Obama’s tenure passed 2 million in early 2014.

Another change that happened in 2013 is that a record 363,000 (83%) of deportations were carried out without appearing before a judge – either through an order issued by an enforcement agent (called expedited removal) or by using a previous order of deportation (called reinstatement of final orders).

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