Lifezette Front Page Guest Opinion: Debunking the Myth of Obama as ‘Deporter in Chief’

The outgoing administration used gimmicks to conceal the extent

of its immigration lawlessness

Obama_signing_112414The mainstream media and open borders advocates have done an outstanding job of painting President Barak Obama’s administration as tough on immigration violators, even calling him “the Deporter in Chief.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the administration falsely painted itself as tough on immigration lawbreakers, while simultaneously eliminating most immigration enforcement, thereby endangering both national security and public safety.

This administration’s deportation statistics were deliberately manipulated to mislead the public.  Deportations – the removal of immigration violators arrested in the interior of the United States – have fallen steadily since President Obama’s first year in office and have declined over 40 percent since the Bush administration.

To camouflage this fact, the Obama administration padded its statistics by adding in “turn-arounds” – the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens caught crossing the border illegally, or found inadmissible at a port-of-entry.  The only problem: “turn-arounds” aren’t, and never were, true deportations.  They involve an entirely different legal process. By including “turn-arounds,” the Obama White House bolstered its “deportation” numbers and disguised the fact that it was destroying the nation’s immigration enforcement plans.

The vast decline in real deportations was the direct result of the Obama administration’s disastrous Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). In essence, PEP prohibited U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from prosecuting most deportable aliens. Under PEP, only aliens with convictions for egregious crimes were placed in removal proceedings.  The result: the vast majority of the deportable alien population got a reprieve from any type of enforcement action.

This foolhardy program put the public at risk and rendered immigration offenses inconsequential.  Read the rest of this op-ed here.


avatar About Matt O'Brien

Matthew J. O’Brien joined FAIR in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


  1. One other critical point in the loss of the United States.

    President Bush told the Census NOT TO discriminate in the Hispanic Count between illegal aliens, and the general population of Mexican Americans, and Cuban Americans. That was the 2000 census. I may still have the link to the newspaper article on it. I would think the Census could answer the questions…

    “When did the Census stop discriminating between Illegal aliens and the general population of Mexican Americans/Cuban Americans.”

    The Bush Toadstool cost us at least a trillion dollars not to mention a Social Security that wobbles when the wolf blows on its straw house. Bush made that decision.

  2. avatar No Change says:

    how about the bombing and killing in the 60s of 3 american girls, what about the latest at the church…….that makes three so far and how about our own homegrown….etc etc

    Not politically correct, you cant be a bigot and say because you are a muslim you are not an American ….

  3. avatar George Fuller says:

    This is not new information…..Obama started counting turnarounds at the border as deportations years ago…….

    • avatar Arlene says:

      What amazes me, is congress and those idiots in Washington don’t think the American people are smart enough to see what’s happening. The liberals and the Clinton’s thinks she had this election in the bag and was celebrating prematurely. And those same liberals blame the Russians when she lost. This is the part that the liberals think the American people are stupid. Well guess what the American people are not stupid, especially after listening to Trumps 100 day plan. His plan the only plan that was offered, because Clinton didn’t have a plan???? Trumps plan was to fix all the things that were going wrong for the last two terms. The American people are tired of the bull **** lie being told by the Bush and Bill Clinton and Obama. Now lets add insult to injury, Obama has been committing TREASON AGAINST THE US FOR ALONG TIME, he’s birth Cert. is fake and has 9 counts of forgery, the warning bells should have gone off and Congress should have stop any thing Obama was doing but do you see Congress stopping him??? So after re-reading the Constitution and understanding the important part about illegals, immigrants, Refugees HERE IS THE LEGAL LAW ABOUT MUSLIMS AND SHARAI LAW.





  4. avatar No Change says:

    Matt who and what information/people are correct…? there is info that Obama actually deported the most…so …

    • avatar Leland says:

      No there isn’t. He changed the definition. If I have ten one dollar bills and I declare that those one dollar bills are now worth five dollars each, it doesn’t mean I now have fifty dollars.

      • avatar Peter says:

        You are not to be taken seriously you are the equivalent of fake news

        • avatar Leland says:

          Says the troll.

          • avatar No Change says:

            No says me who is asking for real proof unlike you that takes Fake News to be true. The official numbers show more being deported by Obama due to the previous administration …

            Ultimately, Obama inherited this, regardless your small mind appears to betray the real Leland that is supposed to be a developed citizen when it comes to prove facts i immigration issues…..

            Really, you should be concerned…..such as the election results… 3M…the people spoke…but the will of the people was not granted

            I don’t really care about politics but the fact remains that the same people are still in Congress THAT DID NOTHING the last 8 years …and Trump will just be like the apprenctive MANIPULATED to their oiw gain…just sit back and WATCH!!!

          • avatar No Change says:

            It appears to give path the next four years will be no different, in this case, republicans will be fighting against each other while Trump will in the middle///Folks no issues, no issues…no issues…all is great…all is great…..we are the best..we are the best…America s great again..America s great again….America s great again

            I hope I am wrong and instead they fix the country but for starters with the current elected head and body we went back in time,,,..20 years +_!!!

    • Peter, Puffer was a fluffer. You may have been taken seriously if Obama’s DOJ had not released from prisons, more than 30,000 illegal immigrants, who were convicted of felonies, onto the streets of America, instead of deporting them.

    • In 2015 Obama gave Mexico 75 million $$$ to improve it’s Southern border wall from Guatemala, and Mexico deported 175,000 Central Americans and is on it’s way to deport more this year!! ( via financial times)

  5. avatar Leland says:

    The figures would probably be even worse but for the fact that a lot of those deportations in the first years of this administration were put in motion during the Bush administration. Basically since then they have outright refused to prosecute many cases unless they involve some kind of violent felony.

    A lot of people have asked a very good question about why was the shooter from Alaska not on a no fly list when he had told the FBI that he had been watching extremist recruitment videos, which should have barred him from all flights. Actually it was probably the result of another policy of this administration.

    In 2009 Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 people at Fort Hood. Hasan had been the subject of numerous complaints filed by fellow soldiers that he was giving lectures in which he claimed Islam took precedence over the constitution. Afterwards it was revealed that it was known he had exchanged emails with extremist Anwar al Awlaki, who was later killed by a drone strike.

    Nidal should have been discharged from the service and the fact that he was not is the result of policies of our government. Next time you question voting for Trump, remember that the Democrats have been, and are, in total denial that Islam has anything to do with terrorism. Hillary in fact said those very words.

    • avatar No Change says:

      WRONG!!! The democrats and Obama are not in denial, they are correct in not generalizing that all muslims are terrorrists when it is not true. a simple fact. We have our own like the ones you mentioned, Oklahoma etc.

      You are very limited intellectually when to cones to this matter.

      • avatar Leland says:

        I never said all Muslims were terrorists. That’s you making something up. But for only 2% of the population they are responsible for a large share of attacks and plots.

        • avatar Peter says:

          2℅ of the population!!! R u a magician????

          • avatar Robert says:

            Leland, congrats you are a sensible man. You are right in everything you said!

            Don’t waist your time reading the stupidity that this extremist left DEM named “Peter” is spewing.
            He is part of a group that have been and continue to be in denial they lost and obviously will not accept reality that they are bunch of hypocrites defending the worst incompetent liar we ever had running the gov and his partner in corruption designated to keep the worst legacy! Good riddance!!!!

          • avatar No Change says:

            Robert by your feedback you must be the equivalent of fake news in dead wood citizens that contribute nothing to this land. Idiots like you take our country to repair and financial stress, So by you logic, the oklahoma bombing suspect was an American terrorrists so therefore All Americans are terrorrist… appears you never finished High School…..

            Leland is a developed citizen unlike you.

        • avatar Jay says:

          Leland, bless you. Thank you for your time and efforts. We in California know that we have a lot more illegals than we did 7 years ago.

        • avatar No Change says:

          Leland how do you come up with 2%…….what population? that was my feedback….

          • avatar Not Politically Correct says:

            True not all Muslims are terrorists, but with the exception of Timothy McVeigh all terrorist have been Muslim.

          • avatar No Change says:

            HAHAHA!!! you are a REAL clown!!!!

          • avatar No Change says:

            HAHAHA!!! you are a REAL clown!!!! this was not meant to be written..please disregard it

          • avatar No Change says:

            how about the bombing and killing in the 60s of 3 american girls, what about the latest at the church…….that makes three so far and how about our own homegrown….etc etc

            Not politically correct, you cant be a bigot and say because you are a muslim you are not an American ….