by Tony Best
Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News
At least 70,000 immigrants have been deported to the Caribbean from the U.S. in the almost six years since President Barack Obama moved into the White House in 2009.
With immigration advocates, especially Hispanics from South and Central American countries excoriating the President as “deporter in chief” because of the record high rate of foreign born residents expelled from the U.S., an analysis of data compiled by the Department of Homeland Security showed that far from declining as he had pledge during his first presidential campaign, the number of deportees to the English, Spanish, Creole and Dutch-speaking countries of the region and to other areas has risen sharply by at least a third since he took office.
In all more than 3.5 million people have been deported to more than 200 nations and territories, more than half of them, 2.7 million to be exact were deported to Mexico after they had crossed America’s borders with its next door neighbor. No other U.S. Administration has presided over more deportations than Obama but Republican critics in and out of Congress have been complaining that the White House should have deported many more. Indeed, in August conservative republicans pulled a bill from the roster of the House because it didn’t satisfy their needs. They complained the bill hadn’t gone far enough in expelling Central American minors from the country.
With comprehensive immigration reform bottled up in the Republican dominated House of Representatives after being passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Obama unable to live up to his campaign promises to usher in an era of compassion for the 12 million people living, working or studying in the U.S. without permission from Washington, it seems unlikely that his administration would get the much cherished reforms through both houses of the Congress.
The figures compiled by the Department of Homeland Security showed:
- The Dominican Republic had to absorb 23, 212 deportees from the U.S., many of them sent back simply because they had overstayed their time in the U.S.
- Cuba received 20, 20,503 in five years, compared with 22,811 during the last four years of the George Bush Administration.
- Haiti accepted 8,823 of its nationals sent back home, almost 3,000 more than during the second term of President Bush.
- Trinidad and Tobago, 2,866 since 2009, 1,000 more than during the previous administration.
- Guyana, slightly less than 2,000 between 2009 and last year, up from 1,335 under Bush.
- Belize, 1,653 deportees compared with 901.
- The Bahamas, 1,440. During the latter half of the Bush year, 622 were deported.
- The Cayman Islands, 515, Obama, but 358, Bush
- Barbados 389; 250 Bush.
- Lucia 313; 227.
- Grenada 279 and 145.
- Dominica 268; 205.
- Antigua & Barbuda 259; 165.
- Vincent & the Grenadines 245; and 128.
- Suriname 100, Obama; 76, Bush.
- Bermuda 100, Obama; 33 under Bush.
“This report reinforces the message that he has been the deporter-in-chief,” said Marc R. Rosenblum, director of the United states Policy Institute, a research organization in Washington.