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Data released by the Obama Administration show that the number of deportations in the first five months of fiscal year 2015 are nearly half of what they were in 2012 before Pres. Obama announced his executive amnesties. According to the data provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the rate of deportations is down 43% compared with three years ago.

The Obama Administration links the reduction to what it calls "priority offenders"; illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes.

ICE figures show that deportations amounted to 409,849 in the federal fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2012 — a rate of 1,123 a day. Two years later, they dropped sharply to 315,943, or 866 a day.

The following table compiles the data released by ICE:

Fiscal year………………Nationwide…..Rate per day

2012………………………..409,849………1,123

2013………………………..368,644………1,010

2014………………………..315,943………..866

2015 (Oct. 1-March 7)……101,201………..640

The policy has received criticism from some ICE agents. In 2012, 10 agents filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration stating that the directives have hampered their attempts to enforce the law.

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Updated: Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 3:20pm EDT