Between 2002 and 2012, deportation levels rose in the United States
. 165,000 illegal immigrants were removed in 2002 and this to 358,000 in 2008 at the end of George W. Bush’s presidency.
Under President Obama, the number of deportations has fluctuated, though it remains high in comparison with his predecessor. A peak was reached in 2012 when almost 410,000 illegal immigrants
were deported but it dipped in 2013, falling to 368,644.