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The Christian Science Monitor
December 1, 2011

Illegal immigration: Are Obama deportations truly aimed at 'criminals'?
By Patrik Jonsson

Immigration officials say they are cutting a "common sense" middle path ramping up deportations of criminal illegal immigrants but also granting prosecutors discretion to have compassion on law-abiding illegal workers who have close ties to the United States. Statistics from an independent clearinghouse for federal data, however, appear to contradict some of the government's claims. Moreover, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University in New York says the administration has been hesitant to release details behind a record 400,000 deportations in the past year. The result has been growing concern among critics on the left and right that the Obama administration is playing politics holding back data that might upset the Hispanic community, which is seen as crucial to the president's reelection prospects.

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