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Deportations of former Dreamers has ramped up under Trump, according to DHS data


Deportation of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children has already ramped up significantly under President Trump, USA Today reports, citing Department of Homeland Security data.

Both the Obama and Trump administrations would remove the legal protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for people who committed serious crimes, joined gangs or became public safety threats. However, Obama deported 365 former DACA enrollees in his eight years, while Trump deported 43 in his first month. 

FILE - In this May 25, 2010 file photo, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent walks down the aisle of charter jet for deportation in the air between Chicago and Harlingen, Texas. We are safer, but not safe enough. In the decade since the 9/11 attacks, the government has taken giant steps to protect the nation from terrorists, spending eye-popping sums to smarten up the federal bureaucracy, hunt down enemies, strengthen airline security, secure U.S. borders, reshape America's image and more. But the effort remains a work in progress, and in some cases a work stalled. The bipartisan 9/11 Commission in 2004 laid out a 585-page road map to create an America that is "safer, stronger, wiser." Many of the commission's recommendations are now reality. But in some cases, results haven't lived up to expectations. And other proposals still are just that, ideas awaiting action. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

If that pace continues, Trump will have deported 516 former DACA enrollees by the end of his first year in office, far eclipsing Obama's pace.  He has long promised a crackdown on illegal immigration.

The DACA program allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before turning 16 to get a work permit. But if they were convicted of a felony or "significant misdemeanor," their protected status could be revoked. 

That happened to 1,488 people under Trump and Obama combined. 507 were allowed to stay in the country under Obama. So far, 20 have been allowed to stay in the country under Trump while 43 have been deported.

The grounds for DACA termination have not changed since the inception of the program.
Gillian Christensen

DHS spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said the reason for the spike under Trump was due to people who were already in the process of being deported when he took office. 

Trump's executive order on January 25 expanded the rules on what undocumented immigrants were considered priorities for deportation. An undocumented immigrant charged with a crime can be deported, whereas the Obama administration required that people were convicted. 

I want to continue to work toward better opportunities. But most of all, I miss my family ...
Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez

Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez was deported in February, marking what advocates say was the first deportation of a former DREAMer under Trump. Lawyers said he forgot his wallet in a friend's car and was pulled over and ultimately deported. He has sued the federal government, and his lawyers have argued he has only a misdemeanor on his record, The Washington Post reports.

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