Over Trump’s first few months in office, you have undoubtedly seen or heard about a raid on illegal immigrants that was ordered by the Trump administration, and if you have seen the same reports I have, then you know there has been a heavy pejorative tone to them.  So, how much of it is warranted, and how much of it has been sensationalized for effect by the left leaning mainstream media?

Let’s take a look:

In August 2016, ABC reported that Obama deported approximately 2.5 million people from 2009 to 2015, which translates to almost 979 per day.  As of March 13, 2017, the Trump raids had resulted in the deportation of 54,471 people according to Newsweek, which translates to almost 599 per day. So in other words, Obama was deporting 380 more people per day. The one caveat to this would be that Trump’s deportation policy is still in its infancy, so the numbers could escalate over the upcoming months and years. But, the verdict here would that currently the media claims have been sensationalized given per day deportations were much higher under the Obama administration than Trump as of the date of the Newsweek study.  In fact, immigrants had an almost 40% greater chance of being deported by Obama than the did by Trump over his first 100 days in office, yet there have been protests all over the country against Trump deporting people.

You don’t have to look far to find articles blasting Trump’s deportation policies, but at the end of the day, his results during his first 100 days led to less per day deportations than Obama – but you won’t find that in many articles.  Unfortunately, that has become the normal playbook for most mainstream media outlets – provide only a small viewpoint on the issue and ignore 90% of the context that could help people make an informed decision. Just look at this Mother Jones article criticizing Trump’s deportation plan while illustrating highlights from the Obama administration showing how much better it was for immigrants.  Apparently, someone forgot to do the basic math and figure out immigrants were more likely to be deported by Obama than Trump at the time of the article.

While the future deportation actions may bring Trump’s total well above Obama’s, Trump’s deportation trajectory in his first 100 days put him on a much lower track than Obama…

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