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The Latino community was exceedingly pleased with President Obama prior to his reelection, and the community has been credited by some pundits with giving Obama the votes needed to defeat Mitt Romney.
Latino support for Obama was largely based on the Obama administration’s decision to stop deporting some younger illegal immigrants, a policy proposed in the DREAM Act, a bill that would streamline the legalization process for young illegal immigrants.
But how does Obama’s implementation of certain aspects of the DREAM Act align with new numbers that show his administration is deporting immigrants in record numbers?
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced on Friday that the agency surpassed its record number of deportations in the last fiscal year. The agency reportedly deported 409,849 immigrants in the 2012 fiscal year, up sharply from 396,906 immigrants last year.
ICE noted that about 55 percent of these illegal immigrants were convicted of felonies and misdemeanors.
“While the [fiscal year] 2012 removals indicate that we continue to make progress in focusing resources on criminal and priority aliens, with more convicted criminals being removed from the country than ever before, we are constantly looking for ways to ensure that we are doing everything we can to utilize our resources in a way that maximizes public safety,” ICE Director John Morton said in a statement.
President Obama has promised to put immigration reform on his list of priorities, which some hope will stem the flow of deportations.
Advocates of immigration reform believe that the dollars spent on deportations could be used to implement a comprehensive immigration strategy.