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June 27, 2019 Laura Widener
A media firestorm has surrounded President Donald Trump for his U.S.-Mexico border and immigration policies, but most reports fail to mention that deaths at the southwest border were actually higher under former President Barack Obama.
After several migrants have recently died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border or in U.S. Border Patrol custody, the media and notable figures in politics have pointed the finger at President Trump, whom they say should be “attacked” for the policies, and more.
However, some of the highest numbers of deaths on the southwest border over the past two decades actually occurred under former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, according to U.S. Border Patrol data provided to American Military News.
During Obama’s two-term presidency, from 2008 to 2016, border deaths ranged from 251 to 471 each year. The 471 deaths occurred in 2012, and that is the second highest number of border deaths in the last 20 years.
283 in 2018, according to Border Patrol data.
It rose by 78 during trumps first year to 329. Lowered by 31 the next year and by 15 the next.