According to figures released from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, almost 50 Irish people were removed from the US last year.

A total of 47 Irish people were removed from the US in 2018, according to the latest figures from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

According to ICE, all 47 were removed due to immigration violations. These figures are for the fiscal year of 2018, which ended in September. 

This figure has been rising steadily through 2016 and 2017, when 26 and 37 undocumented Irish citizens were deported, respectively. 

These figures show that the rate of deportations among the Irish community in America has almost doubled since Trump took office in January 2017.

While historic claims state that there's 50,000 undocumented Irish in America, recent claims from John Deasy TD, the government envoy to the US Congress suggest that number has been vastly exaggerated and the true figure may lie in the region of 10,000-15,000.

Amid President Trump’s push for tighter immigration policies, the United States deported more than 256,000 people in 2018 — the highest number since the Obama administration, recent figures show.

The number of those deported has risen about 13% since 2017.

The data, which comes from a new agency report, shows that 145,262 of those deported were convicted criminals and that 22,796 had criminal charges pending against them.