When Joe Biden became president, his administration issued a series of directives to immigration agents to prioritise the worst criminals for deportation, so as to focus resources on the greatest threats to public safety. The goal was to decrease the (relatively small) number of illegal immigrant non-criminals who are deported, while increasing deportations of criminals.
What’s happened instead is a collapse of immigration enforcement across the board.
Deportation data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals that during the first five months of the Biden administration, deportations declined dramatically, not just from the same period in 2019, which was the last year of normal immigration enforcement, but even from the pandemic shutdown levels of 2020. . . .