The Obama administration has set a new record for the number of people deported in 2012. That record: 409,849. That's right, deportations under President Obama have risen each of his four years in office, according to USA Today.
Officials claim 96% of those deportations fell under the Department of Homeland Security's "priority category," such as repeat border crossers, while the remaining 55% were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.
Immigration activists, such as Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum, believe it to be a "dubious accomplishment," saying the high numbers only highlights further need for a "better immigration process."
But the Obama administration and the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement also announced new immigration enforcement guidelines. Agents should only go after immigrants who've committed at least three misdemeanors. Even then, according to an ICE release, minor misdemeanors, like a traffic infringement, shouldn't trigger a detainer.
The administration is also scrapping a task force allowing police to help with street-level immigration enforcement, according to the Atlantic Journal-Constitution.Via USA Today and the Atlantic Journal-Constitution.