Obama Has Deported More Immigrants Than Bush
In spite of the claim by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and others that the federal government doesn’t enforce the law, more illegal immigrants are being deported each year during the Obama administration than was the case under President Bush.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, nearly 10 percent above the Bush administration’s 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007. The pace of company audits has roughly quadrupled since President George W. Bush’s final year in office.
The effort is part of President Obama’s larger project “to make our national laws actually work,” as he put it in a speech this month at American University.
For one thing, the focus is different now.
The Obama administration has been moving away from using work-site raids to target employers. Just 765 undocumented workers have been arrested at their jobs this fiscal year, compared with 5,100 in 2008, according to Department of Homeland Security figures. Instead, officers have increased employer audits, studying the employee documentation of 2,875 companies suspected of hiring illegal workers and assessing $6.4 million in fines.
So, when defenders of the Arizona law tell you that Arizona has to do it because the feds won’t, they are either lying or misinformed.Click here for reuse options!
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