October 20, 2011
Daily Journal: Obama adminstration deports record number of illegal immigrantsThe Daily Journal | By Robert Iafolla
As the U.S. sets a new record by deporting nearly 400,000 people who were in the country illegally during fiscal 2011, Public Counsel's Judy London responded to the Daily Journal.
Critics of the administration's enforcement policy, however, argued that the figures for deported criminals are misleading because many of those people were convicted for low-level, non-violent offenses.
"Yes, there are some aliens deported who have committed serious crimes, but that is a very small percentage," said Judy London, who directs a program at Public Counsel in Los Angeles providing legal services for low-income immigrants. "The vast majority of people were there for extremely minor misdemeanors, most commonly carrying false documents they used to be able to work or pay rent."
These critics contend that despite the administration's gestures towards a more selective, humane enforcement policy, the upshot has been the ratcheting up of deportations without any real improvement to the immigration system.
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