Since 1996, immigration law no longer uses the term "deportation," but instead uses the term "removal." According to official statistics from the website of the Department of Homeland Security the total number of Mexicans removed in 2012 was 306,870, of which 151,018 had criminal convictions and 155,852 were non-criminals.
The number of Mexicans removed from the United States varies from year to year. In 2011, 289,347 Mexicans were removed from United States territory, including 145,133 criminals and 144,214 non-criminals. In 2010, the total was 273,915, including 128,396 criminals and 145,519 non-criminals.
According to an article on immigration in the Washington Post, the term "removal" includes both deported, or forced to leave after already being on U.S. territory, and excluded, or prevented from coming into the United States. As of 2014, official immigration statistics do not consider deportation separately, which sometimes causes confusion among the media.