In a move that has landed the Biden administration in court, twice last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued "sanctuary country" orders which made most of the country's 11 to 22 million illegal immigrants ineligible for arrest or deportation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).
While immigrants settle all across the U.S., some cities and counties have higher populations of illegal migrants than others. According to public records obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies, the Biden administration has reduced the number of deportations in all but two of the counties with the highest volume when comparing specific months in 2021 with the same time period in 2019.
Most notably, Biden cut deportations by over 90 percent in the following 4 counties which are among 50 of the highest volume counties in the country: Gwinnett County, Georgia; Plymouth County, Massachusett; Bergen County, New Jersey; and Kankakee county, Illinois. Not only are all of the counties high volume, but 3 of the 4 states listed are sanctuary states: New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
In Gwinnett Country, Georgia, 520 illegal migrants were deported between January and September 2019, but only 53 were deported during the same months in 2021 under the Biden administration.
Biden cut deportation numbers by more than 80 percent in 9 of the 50 highest volume counties when reviewing deportation figures between 2019 and 2021.
The numbers are staggering in counties and cities along the Southern border. 4,700 illegal immigrants were deported between January and September of 2019 in El Paso, Texas, but when compared with the same period in 2021, fewer than 670 illegal migrants were deported.
Overall, the country has seen a 70 percent drop in arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants between 2019 and 2021. Also of concern is a 57 percent reduction in deportations for illegal migrants accused of murder and a 91 percent drop for migrants accused of sex crimes. Biden seems unfazed by the alarming numbers as he has yet to visit the Southern border two years into his term as president.
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