Saturday, March 15, 2014
In an Oval Office meeting with three Latino lawmakers on Thursday, President Obama reportedly has promised to direct Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, to review the nation's deportation program, with an eye toward finding more humane ways to enforce the law.
Stay tuned as we see what this new presidential directive means. The Obama administration has set removal records throughout his Presidency, and the President even has been dubbed the "Deporter in Chief." The administration has removed about 400,000 noncitizens a year, with over 90 percent of those removed Latino. Increased enforcement efforts, such as Secure Communities and Section 2(B) of Arizona's S.B. 1070 (which the Supreme Court refused to invalidate), have had disparate impacts on Latino immigrants.