Deportations of Immigrant Minors Have Plummeted Under Obama

TIME

Updated 3:50pm E.T.

The number of immigrant youths under the age of 18 who are deported or turned away from entering the U.S. each year has dropped significantly while President Obama has been in office, new data from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency reveals.

In 2008, under the George W. Bush administration, the number was 8,143, but last year, the figure fell to 1,669, according to ICE data released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Los Angeles Times.

While a decade ago around 600 minors were deported each year from non-border states, that number also dropped to 95 last year, as the U.S. saw an influx of unaccompanied minors traveling from Central America that is five times greater than the number of unaccompanied minors who arrived two years earlier.

The data arrives amidst a debate about whether recent White House policies have…

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