Oh, the humanity! CNN notes that over a five-day period U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 160 aliens in the country illegally. Although the article takes a dim view on the “rounding up” of illegals, in most cases for eventual deportation, it concedes that 150 of the suspects — roughly 94% — have criminal histories, including felony convictions for serious or violent offenses. Of the remaining ten, moreover, five had orders of removal or had been previously deported.
Nevertheless, the Left is up in arms (in some cases literally) over these actions ordered by the Trump administration. Mexico, the country from which most of the illegals hail, has advised its citizens living in the United States to “take precautions” and stay in contact with consular officials.
Not that Mexico has that much room to be outraged. According to Univision via The Daily Caller, our neighbor to the South deports 9 out of every 10 Central Americans who enter Mexico illegally across its southern border.
Univision reports that Mexico strictly enforces its own immigration laws through strong border security which has led to the deportation of 87 percent, 92 percent, and 96 percent of illegal Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan migrants respectively. The deportation data is valid for the first four months of 2016.
A total of 43,506 Central American illegal migrants were booted out of Mexico in the first third of 2016. The illegal migrants were trying to get through the country before ultimately attempting to cross the Mexico-U.S. border.
Extrapolating that number over the course of a year, we can reasonably assume that Mexico typically deports 130,518 Central American illegal migrants. But if we extrapolate the number of illegals ICE arrested in the past five days, in a year the U.S. under Trump will deport 58,400. If we want to keep pace with Mexico, ICE will need to redouble its efforts and then some.