Syracuse University's TRAC immigration has determined that the Obama administration deported a total of 39,426 individuals in May 2012. They also determined that ICE is doing an end-around the immigration courts by utilizing the expedited removal process in one-third of all cases (11,735).
Another 13,697 people were sent back home by ICE through the reinstatement of a previous removal order. This happens in cases where a person was previously deported, left the U.S. and then returned illegally. Only one-quarter (approximately 10,000 people) were ordered deported by an immigration judge.
These numbers do not include expedited removals issued by Customs and Border Protection, so there is no way of knowing how many people were actually deported in May 2012. TRAC requested the data, but so far the Obama administration hasn't released it.
ICE also refuses to release complete records for months before May 2012, and continues to withhold statistics relating to court-ordered deportations versus administrative agency summary removals.
What we do know is that there is a growing trend of the Obama administration of depriving individuals of their day in court.
Here is what TRAC has determined:
ICE deportations increasingly appear to be bypassing the Immigration Courts. For example, during fiscal year 2010, the ratio of monthly Immigration Court deportation orders issued to monthly ICE-reported deportations was 42 percent. During fiscal year 2011, this ratio fell to 40 percent, and during the first eight months of fiscal year 2012 it had declined to 33 percent.
So basically the Obama administration has dealt with the shortfall of immigration judges, and the increasing backlog of immigration cases by simply depriving people of their right to counsel, and full panoply of due process protections by preventing people from having a full immigration hearing, and merely deporting them through an administrative process.
In short... Deportation by Star Chamber.
But the Democrats let a DREAMer speak for two minutes at the DNC, so I guess it's all good.