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History's Biggest Mass Deportations and What the Consequences Were

Updated 1 Sep 2017 13.1k views13 items

The looming threat of Trump deportations are a worry for many inhabitants of the United States in 2017. The Orange President vowed to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants within the first few days of being elected. If, over the course of his time in office, he succeeds, it will be the biggest mass deportation in the nation’s history, and one of the biggest mass deportations in history. 

In the early days of Trump's presidency, immigrant arrests and detentions increased by 38 percent compared to the same time the year before. However, deportations are down by a little over one percent, as fewer undocumented immigrants are crossing the US-Mexico border. As of 2017, it remains to be seen whether Trump will make good on his campaign promise. It behooves the public to remember Trump isn't the first US president or world leader to attempt a mass deportation.

What Trump, along with presidents Hoover and Eisenhower before him, aimed to do is externally deport Mexican-Americans. The world has a long history of mass deportations, which were carried out in a variety of ways and for a number of causes. In many cases, these deportations were accompanied by an extermination of groups being removed. This is a list of the most impactful and largest mass deportations in history.

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