The Department of Justice released new numbers Tuesday afternoon showing voluntary departures and deportations of illegal immigrants are up by 30 percent. Here are the numbers between February 1 and July 31, 2017:
Total Orders of Removal: 49,983
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Up 27.8 percent over the same time period in 2016 (39,113)
Total Orders of Removal and Voluntary Departures: 57,069
Up 30.9 percent over the same time period in 2016 (43,595)
The court system has also streamlined a number of deportation cases to final decisions.
Total Final Decisions: 73,127
Up 14.5 percent over the same time period in 2016 (63,850)
DOJ officials are touting the numbers as a “return to the rule of law” under the Trump administration. For months the Department has been cracking down on sanctuary cities