Thousands Protest Obama’s Immigration Enforcement
Latino activists publicly protest
Recently, thousands of Latino activists publicly protest President Obama’s immigration policy. Latino activists have stated that “Obama is worse than George W. Bush.” Also, Latino protestors are threatening to withdraw their support for President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid, cautioning that their crucial political support is deteriorating rapidly.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Latino organizers and activists are vehemently protesting against “Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” which was announced on August 4th. Under this new immigration policy, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has set up a partnership with local law enforcement bureaus. In addition, the FBI has the authority to deport undocumented immigrants, who have criminal records.
Deporting law-abiding immigrants
However, according to immigration officials, for the past two years, U.S. authorities deported 392,862 people; by contrast, only 195,772 people who have been deported have a criminal record. Some Latino activists argue that the current immigration enforcement strategy is not working since they are deporting law-abiding immigrants, instead of deporting immigrants with criminal records.
Secure Communities is an American deportation program that integrates federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and according to Secure Communities, all fingerprints of suspects that are detained by the state and local law enforcement will automatically be sent to the F.B.I. and Department of Homeland Security for criminal records.
President Obama acts careless toward Latinos
Most Latino citizens complain that President Obama’s immigration enforcement program should be terminated since the program gives too much power to police and local law enforcement, and this gives them the authorization to act as an immigration agent. A short time ago, the protestors presented a petition that was signed by over 24,000 people, and they demanded that the Democratic present abolish the immigration enforcement program.