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October 24, 2014

Protests Continue Over ‘Greatest Mass Deportation in U.S. History’

MSNBC: “Around 30 religious leaders, immigrants, and supporters holding signs and singing songs in protest to President Obama’s deportation policy were arrested outside the north gate of the White House Monday.”

The protest was organized by the United Methodist Church and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

The Economist: Obama “has presided over the greatest mass deportation in American history. As our chart shows, he has tossed far more Mexicans and other illegal immigrants out of the country than his predecessors.”

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  • embo66

    “Obama has presided over the greatest mass deportation in American history. As our chart shows, he has tossed far more Mexicans and other illegal immigrants out of the country than his predecessors.”

    What’s with The Economist’s (the Economist?!) hyperbolic tone? Yes, Obama’s numbers are far higher than any recent President. But what is the true context here? Did Presidents Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II sit on their hands, actively refusing to deport in the numbers Obama has racked up? Didn’t the Republicans make illegal immigration one of the big issues of our time? Didn’t illegal immigration actually peak under Bush 2? And might just who is getting deported under Obama make a difference?

    For instance, Obama put a halt to the deportation of anyone who was brought here illegally as a child — the so-called Dreamers — back in 2012. And at least 48% of illegals deported in 2011 actually broke U.S. laws.

    It’s hardly perfect (ICE gets notice of any illegal who gets fingerprinted, guilty of breaking a law or no). And it’s not like Obama hasn’t tried — repeatedly — to get halfway reasonable immigration reform passed into law.

    But last I heard — thanks to the Republican refusal to deal with immigration reform at all this year — deporting people whose visas have expired or who entered this country illegally is still the law.

    So is the complaint that Obama just shouldn’t be so good at enforcing it?

    • Roberto M

      I take that the reason more illegals are being deported at greater numbers now that ever before is because there are more of them living here now and not because Bush 41 and Clinton sat on their hands. And like you said, Obama has given priority to deporting those who have committed crimes on American soil and those with prior crime records.

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