With record deportations, liberals question Obama’s commitment to immigration reform
Liberal groups including the American Civil Liberties Union are crying foul at what they say is the Obama administration’s political gamesmanship over the deportation of illegal immigrants.
While the U.S. Department of Justice has aggressively prosecuted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for a series of purported civil rights violations, the Department of Homeland Security has simultaneously leaned on Arpaio to help rack up record deportation numbers.
President Obama has made the Arizona sheriff the face of what he sees as out-of-control, anti-American, and racial-profiling tactics used to enforce tough new state-level immigration laws. His Department of Justice engaged in a well-publicized legal battle that ended with the removal of Arpaio’s power to round up suspected illegal immigrants on his county’s streets.
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