Data from the ICE agency’s annual report for Fiscal Year 2023 is deeply troubling for those of us concerned about the integrity of our immigration system. Under President Joe Biden’s administration, the rate of interior deportations has plummeted, painting a concerning picture of lax immigration enforcement.
According to the report, ICE agents deported only about 44,200 illegal aliens from the interior of the United States in the past year. This averages to fewer than 4,000 deportations per month from American communities. To put this into perspective, during the first three years of former President Donald Trump’s administration, ICE agents deported an average of 7,000 illegal aliens each month from American communities.
Since Biden took office in January 2021, an estimated 96,400 illegal aliens have been deported from American communities. However, these figures only account for deportations involving illegal aliens who were already living in the United States. They do not include those who were returned to Mexico shortly after arriving at the southern border.
In stark contrast, during the same period, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has encountered nearly seven million illegal aliens at the U.S.-Mexico border. This suggests that, on average, approximately 70 illegal aliens arrive at the border for every single one who is deported from the interior of the country.
Furthermore, estimates from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) indicate that around 15.5 million illegal aliens were residing in the United States as of March 2023. Based on this figure, illegals have less than a one percent chance of being deported once they settle in an American town or city.
The significant decline in immigration enforcement can be attributed in large part to the Biden administration’s “sanctuary country” orders. These orders restrict the eligibility for deportation to individuals who have recently been convicted of felonies, or are known gang members or terrorists. These policies effectively protect the vast majority of illegal aliens from deportation.
This data underscores the urgent need for stronger immigration enforcement policies that prioritize the rule of law and protect the interests of American citizens. We must address this crisis and restore the integrity of our immigration system before it escalates further.