US formally announces recent deportation figures

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2015 3:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 235,413 people between October 2014 and September 2015.

It is the fewest number of immigrants sent home by ICE since 2006.

The Homeland Security Department says during that same period 337,117 would-be immigrants were caught crossing the border illegally.

The arrests at the border included roughly 79,800 people traveling as families and children traveling alone, mostly from Central America.

The Associated Press first reported in October that ICE had deported about 231,000 people as of Sept. 28.

Homeland Security has previously said deportations have declined in part because arrests at the border have dropped.