Have Obama’s Deportation Promises Been Broken?

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An analysis by The New York Times of government records is taking up opposition against the President’s claim that increased deportations are targeting “criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families.” According to The New York Times, records show that two-thirds of the almost two million deportations were of individuals who had either been caught on minor infractions such as traffic violations, or were individuals without any criminal record. A mere twenty percent of the cases, or 304,000 of the two million, had serious criminal records such as drug-related offenses.

It’s not merely a continuing trend from previous years. Rather, studies of the records from over the last ten years show that cases of immigrants deported on minor offenses, if that, have increased four fold, up from 43,000 during the end of President George W. Bush’s time in office, to 193,000 during Obama’s administration. What’s more, The New York Times reports that the opportunity for appeal has been decreasing for those immigrants facing deportation, with the Obama administration cutting back on removal proceedings so as to more efficiently remove illegal immigrants — meaning that some are not given the opportunity for a hearing. “I am afraid of being deported,” said Anabel Barron to The New York Times, an immigrant in the U.S. illegal for almost twenty years. “But for my children it’s worse … They don’t want to go to school because they are afraid I am not going to be there when they get home.”

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