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In 2015, the Obama administration changed its immigration policy to "focus on the removal of convicted felons and other public safety threats." Did the administration remove/deport more convicted criminals per year after implementing this policy?

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The Obama administration removed 21% fewer convicted criminals in 2015 and 2016 than in 2014. In its 2016 removal report, the administration presented the data for 2014 and 2015 in an indirect manner, thereby requiring readers to perform calculations to compare the criminal removal figures with 2016. With regard to the severity of immigrant crimes, a 2011 Government Accountability Office study of non-citizen inmates found that they had been arrested for a total of 25,064 homicides.

Documentation2016 Removal ReportCalculations2011 GAO Study



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