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The Washington Times
September 18, 2013

Illegal immigrants chain themselves to White House fence
By Stephen Dinan

Deportations have been a tricky issue for Mr. Obama all around.He has set records for deportations, removing about 400,000 people a year from the country, in order to be able to argue to conservatives that he is serious about enforcing immigration laws.But he says he has tried to focus those deportation efforts on criminals and repeat-immigration violators, leaving most rank-and-file illegal immigrants in little danger of being deported. However, a new report Monday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse suggests the administration's deportation efforts are increasingly missing their mark. TRAC traced the number of detainers placed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on immigrants the agency wants to put in deportation proceedings, and said that for the first four months of 2013, roughly half of those ICE targeted had no criminal conviction not even a minor traffic violation. If traffic violations including driving while intoxicated and marijuana possession cases are removed, the number of those with no other serious criminal record rose to two-thirds of all cases.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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