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Migrant Nation
January 20, 2012

Obama Administration touts rule change to aid undocumented families
By Michael Barajas

Obama's record on immigration is hardly one of reform or amnesty. Deportations under Obama are unprecedented, nearly 400,000 in 2011. Stats collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research arm of Syracuse University, suggest a growing information gap when it comes to the administration's claims of discretion. TRAC's data, compiled with Justice Department stats on deportation cases filed in immigration courts across the country, shows the vast majority of removals launched in 2011 hinged on immigration, not criminal, violations even while the administration insists over half of those deported in were documented criminals. Immigrants charged with or convicted of crimes made up only 13.8 percent of all deportation cases filed in 2011. Texas saw 48,000 deportation cases, more than any other state, with 83 percent based on immigration not criminal charges. It's roughly the same for San Antonio's court, which saw most of Texas' 2011 deportations.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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