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Accounting Changes Responsible for Obama’s Tough Immigration Reputation

daca.pngPresident Obama has been called one of the toughest recent presidents as it relates to deporting immigrants who are in the country illegally. Despite the fact that he has implemented such programs as the DACA program, which allows a significant number of younger illegal immigrants to stay in the country, Obama has nevertheless gained the moniker “deporter in chief” as a result of his administration’s immigration policies. But not everyone is in agreement that such a title is warranted.

One of the primary arguments among those who would like to brand president Obama as being deportation happy, is the fact that since his taking over the presidency the rate of deportation has increased significantly. But, in a recent L.A. Times piece, it is argued that the spike in deportations does not represent a change in U.S. policy as it relates to immigrants with established lives in the country, but rather simply points to the fact that president Obama is now including the deportations of those who just made over the border in his administration’s statistics – a practice which is relatively new.

Immigrants who have been living in the United States illegally for a number of years have not been subject to higher deportation rates under president Obama than they were under President Bush. In fact, deportations of those who have been living in the U.S. illegally are down over 40% since the president took office in 2009. By contrast, those who were deported after having recently crossed the border, according to the article, would not have even been counted in deportation statistics by previous administrations. It seems that the Obama allowed the counting of such immigrants early in his administration in order to boost his administration’s credibility on immigration, a practice which may now be yielding the president less benefits than headaches.

Administration officials have acknowledged that those who have settled in the United States, and live here illegally but without committing any additional crimes, are highly unlikely to ever be deported. Not only is a law abiding illegal immigrant by default difficult to locate, but the years’ long backlog facing Federal immigration courts serves as an almost insurmountable barrier to those looking to deport.

The United States continues to struggle with finding a lasting fair solution to its immigration issues. Whether or not president Obama deserves to be called a staunch advocate of deportation, the fact is that United States will never deport its way out of this tough problem. Only through courageous leadership among politicians, sensible and timely legislation, and a populist which is finally ready to move forward beyond this divisive, issue will the nation’s immigration challenges finally be met. In the meantime, if you or someone you know requires immigration services -contact the Austin immigration attorney at the Lyttle law firm at 512-215-5225.