Analysts at Syracuse University have concluded that the Obama
Administration's figures for the number of people deported from
the US are being grossly overestimated.
Analysis of government immigration data provided to the
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at
Syracuse University in late December -- almost two years after
TRAC had requested it -- show that "many fewer individuals
were apprehended, detained and deported by the agency than
were claimed in its official statements" -- congressional
testimony, press releases, and the agency's latest 2010 Yearbook
of Immigration Statistics, TRAC said.
In its initial FOIA request in May 2010, TRAC asked for specific
information about all individuals who had been arrested,
detained, charged, returned or removed from the country for the
period beginning October 1, 2004 to date. According to TRAC,
"in its initial and incomplete response, however, ICE so far has
only provided TRAC with information through FY 2005. The
agency said it would provide detailed information about the more
recent years later."
When compared with various public statements by the agency,