For most of the two Obama administrations, the corporate press kept talking about the record setting number of deportations, but that was largely due to a methodology change of starting to count border crossers caught near the border as deportees.
The dog that wasn’t barking was workplace raids. After the Postville raid of 2008, you just didn’t hear much at all about the government trying to round up illegal aliens at obvious mass scale employers.
Now the New York Times is kinda sorta admitting they were lying to us with that “Deporter-in-Chief” talk:
Raids of Illegal Immigrants Bring Harsh Memories, and Strong Fears[Comment at Unz.com]
By AMY CHOZICK JAN. 2, 2017
The 2007 raid was one of the hundreds of coordinated federal sweeps targeting illegal immigrant workers carried out during President George W. Bush’s second term. The headline-grabbing roundups of illegal workers slowed under the Obama administration, which has deported a record 2.5 million immigrants since 2009, largely by focusing on recent border crossers, employers who hired illegal workers and immigrants with criminal convictions.
But as President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to take office and promises to swiftly deport two million to three million undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, bipartisan experts say they expect a return of the raids that rounded up thousands of workers at carwashes, meatpacking plants, fruit suppliers and their homes during the Bush years.