As of the end of 2013, the Obama administration has deported almost two million people. Two million.
Let’s try to grasp how enormous that is. Obama has been in office for approximately five years, just shy of 1,800 days at this point. In this time, his administration deported close to two million people. That is an average of over 1,100 per day.
1,100 people are forcibly ejected from this country every single day, and have been, 24/7-365, for five years.
This is why immigration and rights activists refer to Obama as the Deporter-in-Chief.
But that’s not all! The Huffington Post notes:
A U.S. law passed in 2006 requires the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to detain an average of 34,000 people a day, a goal that has risen steadily since the policy was adopted. This ‘bed mandate,’ as the policy is known in Washington, has been a boon for private prison companies, including the Corrections Corporation of America, a major prison contractor that runs the Elizabeth center and many other facilities around the country.
I wrote an article about this months ago, exploring the ways in which the prison-industrial complex, the private prison lobby, racism, Islamophobia, the “War on Terror,” the “War on Drugs,” and more combine in an absolutely hellish cocktail:
“Welcome to the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave, the 21st-century U.S. of A.”: “Human Rights Need Not Apply.”