President Trump sent fewer Mexicans back home through November of this year than former President Barack Obama did during the same period in 2016, according to Bloomberg.
Bloomberg on Wednesday reported that Mexican government data shows Trump sent 26 percent fewer Mexicans back to their home country than Obama during the same span.
Data from Mexico’s Interior Ministry said that 152,000 Mexican nationals were repatriated from the U.S. between last January and November.
The numbers – which were first reported by Mexico’s Milenio newspaper – showed that just under 205,000 Mexicans were repatriated during the first 11 months last year.
Mexico’s government defines repatriation as an administrative measure taken by migration officials to return a foreign person to their country of origin.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) report of data through October of this year showed that removals of Mexican nationals from the U.S. were down.
The report noted, however, that administrative arrests of all immigrants went up 30 percent in fiscal year 2017.
The document concluded that the decrease in overall removal numbers from fiscal year 2016 stems primarily from about 17 percent fewer migrants getting apprehended at the U.S. border.
“For Mexicans who enter illegally, effective tools like expedited removal have led to increased deterrence, which has impacted entry levels,” Tyler Q. Houlton, acting press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said in an email responding to questions about the findings.
Trump entered office last January after repeatedly pledging to take a more hardline approach on illegal immigration.
The president has promised to expel potentially millions of undocumented immigrants, for example, and he has long called for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump earlier this year rescinded the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
DACA temporarily shields approximately 690,000 immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children from deportation.
Trump left Congress responsible for finding a legislative fix for such so-called “Dreamers,” but lawmakers will be unable to touch the issue until at least January due to their year-end agenda.