Oh, the irony! The President who rose to power using an English version of a migrant workers’ chant (“Yes, we can!”) has broken his own previous record at arresting and deporting those same immigrants.
The agency deported 409,849 immigrants in the 2012 fiscal year, up from 396,906 immigrants last year. More than 392,000 immigrants were deported in the 2010 fiscal year. -Huffington Post
The administration also announced that it will focus more on aliens with a criminal record and less on law abiding workers without documentation.
“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.
The White House has said it will focus more on arresting primarily non citizens with criminal records, on tweaking the “Secure Communities” program that has sent so many noncriminal immigrants to incarceration, and on granting legal status to 11 million workers without documentation. But while the administration is promising reform, it is also setting land speed records going in the opposite direction.