Obama Deporting More Illegals Than Bush

And he's punishing more businesses that hire them
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2010 11:03 AM CDT
Demonstrators gather in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, June 3, 2010, during a protests against the new Arizona immigration law.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Enemies may paint Barack Obama as soft on immigration, but his administration is actually deporting illegal immigrants in record numbers, according to the Washington Post. Immigration and Customs Enforcement estimates that it will deport 400,000 people this fiscal year, 10% more than George W. Bush sent packing in 2008 and 25% more than in 2007. It has also quadrupled the number of businesses audited on suspicion of hiring undocumented workers, doling out $6.4 million in fines.

“We’re trying to put our money where our mouth is,” says ICE’s director. “You have to have some integrity in the system.” At the same time, he says the agency is after a “rational” enforcement policy; officers have been told to focus on felons and repeat border crossers, while leaving those caring for children or the infirm alone. But critics aren’t satisfied; one Republican congressman says the policy amounts to “selective amnesty.”

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