February 15, 2013
Obama Administration Focuses on Minor Crimes to Boost Removal Numbers, Set Records, Show Its Commitment to Enforcement
U.S. immigration officials laid out plans last year that would ratchet up expulsions of immigrants convicted of minor crimes as part of an urgent push to make sure the government would not fall short of its criminal deportation targets, new records obtained by USA TODAY show. This is not surprising in light of the Obama administration's aggressive pursuit of deportation records. This administration in four years deported more immigrants than any administration in U.S. history.
Grassroots Leadership further reports on USA Today's article highlighting Immigration and Customs Enforcement's effort to increase the number of deportations through aggressive enforcement mechanisms. Internal emails at the agency showed that ICE agents "were trolling state driver's license records for information about foreign-born applicants, dispatching U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to traffic safety checkpoints conducted by police departments, and processing more illegal immigrants who had been booked into jails for low-level offenses." The former official whose emails are heavily quoted in the article is now the Executive Vice President for Corporate Development at GEO Group, a private prison corporation that heavily depends on federal immigration contracts.
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