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December 14, 2016

Immigrant Advocates Fighting to Keep State Gang Database Away From Trump

Trump has backed away from his campaign pledge to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be in the United States. But in a 60 Minutes television interview shortly after his election, he vowed to immediately deport as many as three million undocumented immigrants, specifically those with criminal records such as gang members and drug dealers. Some immigration attorneys fear that existing deportation policies under President Barack Obama, whom critics have dubbed the “deporter-in-chief” for the record number of deportations during his presidency, will expand under Trump to include more immigrants who have committed low-level offenses. For example, an 87 percent increase in the deportation of “convicted criminals” between 2008 and 2014 was largely due to the government’s overly broad classification of criminal behavior, which included major increases in individuals with traffic or immigration violations, according to a detailed analysis of deportation data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data gathering research center at Syracuse University.

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