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But the numbers for his first fiscal year in office are in, and the president is well below his mark.

ICE deported almost 226,000 people from the United States in the 2017 fiscal year by the end of September, which is 6 percent less than the previous year.

At a news conference, Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE, dismissed complaints from immigration advocates about the rollback of Obama administration policies that had led to a sharp drop in interior arrests.

But ICE also took into account in a press release announcing the numbers that there was a 40 percent jump in removals since President Donald Trump took office on January 20 when compared to the previous fiscal year. A large chunk of that increase comes from the rise in "interior removals", or deportations of people who were detained away from the border, which jumped from 65,000 to almost 82,000 this year, a 25 percent increase.

TPS is an immigration program which allows people from countries recovering from disaster - mainly Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti - to live and work in the USA legally.

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Homan says the Trump administration has cast a wider net when picking up people for deportation.

The data also shows a large drop in border apprehensions.

Almost 60 percent of those arrested by Border Patrol originate from countries other than Mexico. "The overall removals are down because the Border Patrol has reported a 45-year low in illegal border crossings".

Border arrests along the U.S. -Mexico border plummeted to the lowest level since 1971, according to a Department of Homeland Security report released Tuesday.

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