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Are Bureaucrats Blowing Off Obama’s New Immigration Policy?

"Why are undocumented immigrants that the administration says it intends to help stay in this country still facing deportation?" Nathan Pippenger, The New Republic, Oct. 4, 2011 .

Obama's Immigration Gamble

" Amid impassioned demands from Latinos to revamp immigration policy , President Barack Obama found a way to act alone, without relying on an unwilling Congress. His administration’s solution — scaling back deportations of illegal immigrants who appear to pose little criminal threat...

Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a 'Real Problem'

"In a briefing with Latino journalists last week, President Obama directly acknowledged that his administration’s immigration enforcement practices break up families and exclude parents from decisions about the custody of their children. His comments affirmed the central findings of...

Kids to Obama: Don't deport our parents!

"Most kids at this time of year get ready to write letters to Santa Claus , but many children of undocumented immigrants now prefer to write President Barack Obama begging him to stop the deportations that are breaking up their families. The campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance under...

Father's deportation tears family apart

"Early one morning in November, three immigration officers showed up at the Escondido home of Amado Sanchez Sr., and within minutes, the officers took his son-in-law, who is the father of his three grandchildren, leaving the family in chaos and in tears. The father of the three children, Gerardo...

'Obama, don't deport my momma!'

"Thrust into a complex debate about the country’s immigration policies, one of Victoria Lorenzo-Calmo’s children has a simple plea: “Obama, don’t deport my momma.” That was one of the signs held Wednesday outside Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as the Guatemalan...

Return to Sender

" Return To Sender is a video letter sent from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Washington, D.C. The video is a collection of testimonies by Khmer Exiled Americans extradited to Cambodia under harsh US deportation policies. The video continues our interest in giving voice to abandoned and forgotten...

From Tijuana, Ex-DREAMer Calls for Immigration Reform

"Nancy Landa was working in the public sector at a California organization that fateful September in 2009, when she was 29. She had graduated with honors in 2004 with a degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and had a steady job. Everything seemed...

Obama’s Unprecedented Number of Deportations

"Between 1892 and 1997, a total of 2.1 million people were deported from the United States. A change in laws in 1996 permitted the number of deportees to increase from 70,000 in 1996 to 114,000 in 1997. In 1998, the number of deportees rose to 173,000. The numbers stayed fairly steady until 2003...

Will White House Temper Harsh Deportation Strategy?

"Obama announced in a meeting readout that he has requested a review of his administration’s enforcement policies for immigration laws to see if that enforcement can be done “more humanely within the confines of the law,” the White House said Thursday. ... The White House made...

Yes He Can, on Immigration

"Those who would qualify for legalization under a Senate bill passed last summer — people who do not pose criminal threats, who have strong ties to this country and, in many cases, have children who are American citizens — should not be in danger of deportation. The one recent bright...

Obama's Paradoxical Deportation Policies: Cyrus D. Mehta

"The President must no longer fear doing something big and consequential on the immigration front. Some may justifiably fear that if the President ameliorates the plight of undocumented people through administrative reform measures, another President can quickly undo them; and therefore it is best...

DHS Weighs Deportation Curbs

"Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations. The change, if adopted following an ongoing review ordered by President...

White House Delays Deportation Policy Changes

"President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year." - AP, May...

Obama to Congress: Deport the Kids

"Pesident Obama's surprise request that Congress give him authority to quickly deport thousands of Central American children illegally crossing the border is likely to renew the on-again, off-again immigration reform debate that many Republicans had hoped to avoid. The administration is asking...

Obama Throws Kids Under Bus

"If Obama has given up trying to appease the GOP and wants to shift away from a policy that emphasizes deportations, it’s hard to explain why he is considering weakening a law intended to ensure that children aren’t removed to violent situations and to protect victims of child trafficking...

Obama Administration Breaks Own Deportation Record

"The Obama administration in 2013 deported a record-breaking 438,421 people, including about 315,000 Mexican nationals , according to government statistics released Wednesday. The total figure is an increase of about 20,000 from 2012 and includes about 198,400 immigrants with criminal records. After...

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings , and pleas...

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

"Bryan Johnson ... argued that his client was eligible for Obama's deferred action program for parents, which temporarily protected Ayala from deportation until the Texas court ruling put the program on hold. Now, Johnson says he's not sure what will happen during their next appointment...