Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso on Monda said deportations from U.S. to Mexico are down from last year.
The news comes at a time when deportation hysteria is at an all time high.
According to Reuters, the Mexican government said the pace of deportations is down from the final year of Obama’s presidency. However, Mexican consulates in the United States have received hundreds of calls from those worried they are in danger of being deported.
“It’s grown exponentially,” Videgaray told Reuters, referring to people calling in with questions, complaints and worries.
Videgaray added that immigration officers are now conducting more visible operations.
Contrary to popular belief, numbers indicate that former President Barack Obama may have been the “most aggressive” deportation enforcer. Immigration activists routinely referred to him as “deporter-in-chief.”
Between 2009 and 2015 Obama’s administration removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders.
Despite those numbers, many critics of Obama claim the manner in which deportations were counted was inaccurate. Immigration experts contend that far less people were deported than official White House records show.
President Trump vowed during campaign season that enforcing the nation’s immigration laws would be a primary component of his administration.
The president on Sunday called it a “crackdown on illegal criminals,” adding in a Twitter message that “Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!”
The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
A large part of Trump’s immigration platform was promising to deal with the specific troubles the U.S.-Mexico southern border represents.
Building a physical wall to help keep illegal entry into the United States was another one of Trump’s proposed solutions and one that was strongly favored by his supporters.