Has President Obama deported two million people? The real deal on the numbers.

Tanya Golash Boza

Many activists and news sites have claimed that President Obama has reached or surpassed two million deportations.

The number two million is significant because when Obama reaches two million, he will have surpassed President George W. Bush’s record. Moreover, two million deportations exceeds the sum total of all deportations prior to 1997.

S-Comm Obama Protests Chicago 08.16.2011

There has been some debate, however, over the accuracy of this claim. Let’s look at the numbers – provided by the Office of Immigration Statistics and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

First, please take note that I am using the more colloquial term “deportations,” whereas all of the figures below are from government sources that use the term “removals.”

President Obama took office on January 20, 2009. This is part way through fiscal year 2009, which ended on September 30, 2009.

That means Obama was in office for 254 of the 365 days in FY 2009. In…

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