The Trump administration has deported almost 50,000 people to date – an increase of almost 30 per cent from the same time last year, according to the US Department of Justice.
Statistics released by the Executive Office of Immigration Review show 49,983 immigrants were given orders of removal between 1 February and 31 July of this year. An “order of removal” refers to the final command by an immigration judge to remove of an undocumented immigrant from the country.
Experts have pointed out, however, that orders of removal are just that – orders – and do not always correspond with the number of successful removals.
A press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ) touted the increase in final orders as a “return to rule of law,” writing: “Return to rule of law in Trump administration marked by increase in key immigration statistics”.
The department credited the increase to Donald Trump’s executive order sending more …