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Janet Napolitano Touts Record Deportation Numbers at Senate Hearing

by Mahwish Khan on 03/09/2011 at 5:09pm

In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) grilled Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about her Department’s deportation practices.  Sen. Grassley was particularly agitated about the “threat” of Napolitano using prosecutorial discretion and allowing some individuals with compelling cases to delay their deportations.

Instead of calling out Sen. Grassley for his role in blocking immigration reform, Secretary Napolitano tried to appease him.  She touted her Department’s record number of deportations and noted that the Obama Administration granted deferred action in less than 900 cases last year – fewer than the Bush Administration. Watch:

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