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Obama Immigration Agency Exaggerating Deportations

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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,

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