Why Data on New Deportation Cases is More Revealing Than Actual Deportations

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For journalists covering immigration enforcement, deportation statistics get all the attention. It’s understandable. Unlike most deportation data which is messy and jargon-ridden, deportation numbers feel concrete, even non-technical. One deportation means one person ejected from the United States. Simple, right?

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Austin Kocher, PhD

I study America’s immigration enforcement system. Assistant Professor at TRAC. Graduate of OSU Geography. Online at austinkocher.com.