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DNC's Hispanic Caucus Defend Obama On Immigration, Blame GOP

Published: Sep 4, 2012 5:00 pm By: Garrett Quinn

"When challenged on Obama’s high level of deportations, Democrats either blamed uncooperative Republicans or pointed to Obama’s Homeland Security Directive that stopped the deportation of undocumented young people already in the country. Others recited Obama’s domestic policy achievements.

"The foundation has been laid, that’s what Obama has been doing the last four years," said Illinois State Senator Iris Martinez. "They’ve been trying to work on immigration reform but they’re not getting the other side of the aisle to come to the table and start giving us some real serious suggestions."

Martinez, just offstage at the event, placed much of the blame on Obama’s deportations on Republicans who demanded concessions on things like border security and stepped up enforcement."

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