Adam Serwer writes: No, Obama Isn’t Just Deporting “Gang Bangers”
Barack Obama’s record numbers of deportations have been drowned out by Republican accusations of amnesty. Nevertheless, Obama has still deported more than a million unauthorized immigrants. During Tuesday night’s debate, the president offered a very misleading characterization of the undocumented immigrants who have been subject to deportation during his administration.
Here is what Obama said:
What I’ve also said is if we’re going to go after folks who are here illegally, we should do it smartly and go after folks who are criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families. And that’s what we’ve done. And what I’ve also said is for young people who come here, brought here often times by their parents. Had gone to school here, pledged allegiance to the flag. Think of this as their country. Understand themselves as Americans in every way except having papers. And we should make sure that we give them a pathway to citizenship.
The truth is that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants who have been deported during Obama’s tenure do not have violent criminal records. . .
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