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Are President Obama's Deportation Changes Real?

Published: Mar 13, 2012 10:00 am By: Rep. Luis Gutierrez

"Somewhere between the announcement and the implementation of President Obama's deportation policy, something has failed. Last Thursday, the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Congress that his agency had reviewed more than 142,000 pending deportation cases and had closed or dismissed proceedings against only about 1,500 individuals (with another 10,000 still being considered). Previous analysis showed that, of the more than 1 million people deported by the President, half were non-criminals. So the figure announced by ICE -- 1,500, or about 1 percent -- is incredibly low. And disappointing."

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