The numbers don’t lie, but anti-immigration radicals do

12/28/2016 The Washington Post

WASHINGTON - MARCH 27:  A protester holds an American flag and a Mexican flag while participating in a protest on the west front of the U.S. Capitol March 27, 2006 in Washington, DC. Thousands of immigration advocates rallied on Capitol Hill to protest the immigration bill that is before Congress.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Anti-immigration advocates, including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), have long peddled in phony facts and misleading rhetoric to support their objection to both legal and illegal immigration. In essence, they’ve tried to construct an economic justification for their objection to non-white immigration. The arguments never held up; now the numbers tell us their economic rationale is baseless.

Some of their allegations are easily debunked. Immigrants are not “pouring” over the border. And President Obama dramatically increased the number of deportations:

Between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who “self-deported” or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). … The Obama administration has deported more people than any other president’s administration in history. In fact, they have deported more than the sum of all the presidents of the 20th century.

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