AP FACT CHECK: Trump right that Obama has deported millions
WASHINGTON (AP) — A claim from the final presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:
DONALD TRUMP: “President Obama has moved millions of people out ... millions of people have been moved out of this country.”
THE FACTS: That’s true. Obama has overseen the deportation of more than 2.5 million immigrants since taking office in January 2009.
During Obama’s first term hundreds of thousands of immigrants were deported annually, following a trend of increasing deportations started under President George W. Bush. The administration set a record in 2014 when more than 409,000 people were sent home. During his second term, deportations have steadily declined as he has opted to focus immigration enforcement resources on finding and deporting serious criminals and those who pose a threat to national security or public safety.
But Trump also claims that “nobody knows about it, nobody talks about it” and that’s far from the truth. Obama has been dubbed “the deporter in chief” by immigration advocates and opponents of his immigration enforcement policies.
Contributed by Associated Press writer Alicia A. Caldwell.