DOJ: Removal Orders for Illegals Rose 28 Percent in First 6 Months of Trump Administration

By Melanie Arter | August 10, 2017 | 10:14 AM EDT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Screenshot of C SPAN video)

( – In the first six months of the Trump administration, the number of removal orders for illegal immigrants increased by about 28 percent, compared to the same time period last year, while the total number of removal and voluntary departures spiked up 30 percent.

The Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review provided statistics on orders of removal, voluntary departures, and final decisions from Feb. 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017.

According to the data, there were 49,983 total orders of removals, which is up 27.8 percent over the same time period in 2016, when there were only 39,113 total removal orders.

Also, the total number of removal and voluntary departures spiked 30.9 percent to 57,069 compared to 43,595 during the same time period last year.

And finally, the total final decisions made by immigration judges rose 14.5 percent to 73,127 during the first six months of the Trump administration compared to 63,850 during the same period in 2016.

The DOJ attributed the data to President Donald Trump’s executive order, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” which called on the DOJ to mobilize over 100 existing immigration judges to Department of Homeland Security detention facilities nationwide.

“Over 90 percent of these cases have resulted in orders requiring aliens to depart or be removed from the United States. The Justice Department has also hired 54 additional Immigration Judges since President Trump took office, and continues to hire new Immigration Judges each month,” the DOJ said on its website.

Furthermore, the president’s executive order also called on the DOJ to review “internal practices, procedures, and technology in order to identify ways in which it can further enhance Immigration Judges’ productivity without compromising due process.”