The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just announced that they deported 368,644 illegal aliens in 2013. While that number is significantly lower than what the agency has announced annually over the last few years, a breakdown of the numbers shows that only a third of those reported, were actual deportations.
The DHS report states:
ICE conducted 133,551 removals of individuals apprehended in the interior of the U.S.
ICE conducted 235,093 removals of individuals apprehended along our borders while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S
Obviously, the vast majority of so-called 'deportations' involved those simply observed crossing the border illegally.
Whether or not they were even processed (as DHS claims) before being sent back across the border, is also dubious.
In March 2011, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever told Fox News that for two years, U.S. Border Patrol officials had been telling him they were ordered on multiple occasions to reduce and even stop apprehending illegal aliens crossing the U.S./Mexican border.
Sheriff Dever said that a Border Patrol supervisor informed him that the agency was ordered to keep the number of arrests down during specific reporting periods.
"The senior supervisor agent is telling me about how their mission is now to scare people back. He said, 'I had to go back to my guys and tell them not to catch anybody, that their job is to chase people away. … They were not to catch anyone, arrest anyone. Their job was to set up posture, to intimidate people, to get them to go back,'" Dever said.
The following month, Dever told the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security that the Border Patrol's new policy of giving a warning to illegal crossers rather than taking them into custody, known as "Turn Back South" was not only being practiced near the border, but far north of it as well.
Dever reported: "It appears, according to numerous reports from current and former border agents, that this practice has gravitated many miles north of the border. That means that, regardless of proximity to the border, people who are detected but not caught are considered to be 'Turned Back South.'"
The testimony was in direct conflict with the Obama administration's public assertions on border security.
This reporters' multiple contacts within the Border Patrol community have confirmed this policy is in effect, and that the numbers are likely being counted as 'deportations,' as they are frequently asked for head counts of those they 'turned back.'
Of course, Sheriff Dever was killed 18 months after blowing the whistle on the Obama administration, in a single-vehicle crash on a desolate Forest Service Road in Coconino County, Arizona.