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Senate Republicans Intent on Solidifying Romney “Self-Deportation” Legacy

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Two Million Deportations by Obama Administration Not Enough for Leading Republicans

Erica Werner of the Associated Press reports that a group of Republican Senators are already criticizing the Obama Administration’s review of its own immigration enforcement policies and priorities even though the review isn’t even complete.  Apparently, these 22 Senate Republicans have a crystal ball.  According to their letter, they are sure that the review will result in “near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement.

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:

It seems like many Republicans refuse to learn the lessons of Mitt Romney’s drubbing from Latino voters due to his embrace of ‘self-deportation.’  Their playbook consists of the following: block immigration reform in Congress; oppose executive action; call for all undocumented immigrants encountered to be deported; back up the heavy-handed tactics of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP); and hope the ramped up enforcement pressure will force millions of immigrants to leave America.  They seem to want every aspiring citizen, every DREAMer, every spouse or parent of a U.S. citizen, every farmworker and every future soldier to get out of the country.  Now, they are adding a new play to their strategy: put up smokescreens about the President’s enforcement record to hide their own inaction.  The fact that they are criticizing something that hasn’t even been completed reveals their commitment to getting rid of Latino and other immigrants settled in America.

This Administration has deported more immigrants than any other, most of whom who are guilty only of hard work and being ineligible for legal status under our nation’s dysfunctional immigration system.  Evidently, these record deportations are not enough for Republicans in Congress.  The only conclusion one can draw is that the majority of Republicans who oppose immigration reform and executive action have an insatiable appetite for destroying families.