Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Obama administration, which until recently has been known primarily on immigration for its enforcement-oriented policies, has gotten many kudos for the announcement a few weeks ago that it will prioritize its removals and not necessarily seek to deport all of the hundreds of thousands of noncitizens currently in removal proceedings. Of course, the devil, as they say, is in the details. And it is important to keep in mind that the Obama administration has annually deported more noncitizens than any administration in U.S. history. As Citizen Orange reports, the administration plans to maintain its level of deportations at about 400,000 next year.
In my estimation, it remains too early to say that the administration is not still devoted to "enforcement now, enforcement forever" policies.