Obama administration rounds up even more illegal immigrants
President Obama has been extra hard on illegal immigrants, rounding up a total of one million over the past four years, a record for any president or administration. And it seems he’s looking for even more.
The Washington Post reports that the Obama White House helped coordinate a national crackdown yesterday called “Cross Check” that netted a total of 3,168 people in the country illegally. Of that number, 1,477 had felony convictions.
“This is part of our effort to prioritize our immigration enforcement efforts,” John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the paper. “As a matter of public safety, we start first and foremost with criminal offenders.” Though they’re spinning this as public safety, immigration reform activists warn that it could hurt Obama’s standing with Latino voters in November.
Although those arrested would return to 116 countries, the large majority were from Mexico and other Central American countries. Immigration advocates said that was not a surprise but that it highlights the delicate spot Obama finds himself in with Latino voters as he heads into the general election campaign.
Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, an immigration reform advocacy group, said the continuing raids will hurt Obama with Hispanic voters.
“This is a personal issue, particularly for Latino immigrant voters who made a huge difference for Obama in 2008 and will play a huge factor this year if they turn out in swing states,” Sharry said.
Advocates for tougher enforcement, meanwhile, have accused the administration of using the raids to appeal to independents and moderates…
At the rate Obama’s going, he’ll have ejected about 2.5 million illegals if he wins another White House term.