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GOP on Immigration: Talking Tough While Stonewalling Attempts to Fix the Problem

by Lynn Tramonte on 07/26/2010 at 4:11pm

As anti-immigrant ringleaders whip themselves into a frenzy over illegal immigration, and continue a strategy that is both bad for the Republican Party and bad for the country, some Republicans are suggesting another way.

As reported in Think Progress, the latest anti-immigrant meme states that President Obama should be impeached due to his “failure” to enforce immigration laws.  Never mind the actual facts on immigration enforcement – that Obama’s numbers are even higher than Bush’s.  According to a Washington Post piece today:

” [the Obama Administration] expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, nearly 10 percent above the Bush administration’s 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007,” and the “pace of company audits has roughly quadrupled since President George W. Bush’s final year in office.”

It’s “metrics” like these that have gotten the Obama Administration in trouble with immigrant community leaders, who are concerned about the record pace of deportations and glacial pace of action on comprehensive immigration reform.

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