Since 2009, under President Obama, deportations have increased to an annual average of 400,000. This represents a 30% increase in annual average of deportations since the second term of the Bush administration and is almost double the annual average of deportations during the first term of the Bush administration.
A vast majority (81%) of the 11.2 million immigrants in the United States without authorization are of Hispanic origin. Individuals of Hispanic origin constitute an even larger percentage of deported unauthorized immigrants, with 97% of those deported in 2010 identifying as having Hispanic origin.
Not all Latinos are cognizant of the increase in deportations during Obama's presidency. A little over a third of Latinos polled (36%) responded that the Bush administration deported about the same number of immigrants as the Obama administration deports currently. Fewer than half of the Latinos polled reported knowledge of the increase in deportations under the Obama administration; 41% claimed that deportations had increased during Obama's presidency.
Foreign-born Hispanics are much more likely than native-born Hispanics to be aware of the increase in deportations since Obama assumed office. Whereas 55% of foreign-born Hispanics were aware of this trend, only 25% of native-born Hispanics were. Awareness of the increase in deportations is most prevalent among Hispanic individuals who have greater chances of being deported. Almost three-quarters of Hispanic immigrants who do not have United States citizenship or a green card, a population with a high risk of being deported, are aware that deportations have increased under the Obama administration.
Those who disapprove of Obama's policy are likely to be those who are aware that deportations have increased under the Obama administration.