Obama Has Deported More Immigrants Than Bush

Even as the Obama administration fights Arizona's extreme immigration law, it deports more illegal immigrants than previous administrations with tougher platforms on the topic. The Washington Post reports:

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.

But while previous administrations have relied on workplace raids, Obama has moved away from that tactic, instead auditing companies that hire illegals and assessing $6.4 million in fines. He has also tried to target immigrants with criminal backgrounds for deportation, skipping over those who are caring for children or the elderly:

Nearly 50 percent of the people who have been deported from the United States this budget year have a criminal conviction, from driving without a license and DUI to major felonies, ICE's Morton said. That represents an increase of more than 36,000 over the same period in 2009, which showed a rise of 22,000 over 2008. "Occasionally, you will hear criticism that our criminal alien efforts are focused around people with cracked tailpipes and speeding tickets. That's simply false," Morton said.  

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

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Nicole Allan is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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