Deportations of undocumented immigrants dropped 10 percent in 2013, the first annual decline in a decade, because a shift in enforcement strategy under President Barack Obama has increased the time it takes to complete cases, immigration officials said.

The U.S. deported 368,644 undocumented immigrants during the 12 months that ended Sept. 30. That compares to a record 409,900 removals the previous year, according to ICE records.

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