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  •  What Does Obama Believe? (0+ / 0-)

    What Do They Really Believe-Who Knows?

    That reminds me of this:

    The Obama administration deported some 1.4 million people during his first term, not far off from the number George W. Bush deported over eight years.

    Read the whole piece!  Maybe we are wasting time parsing Rubio?
    •  His administration (3+ / 0-)
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      has been working to re-approach the deportation process to make them more targeted-focusing on those who break the law, while working to provide a pathway to citizenship to those who are law abiding. He even did just that through his executive order for deferred deportations. That piece at Hullaballoo is very simplistic. Here's a more comprehensive breakdown of the 2012 numbers:

      http://www.npr.org/...

      Roughly 55 percent, or more than 225,000 people, deported in the past year were convicted of crimes such as drug offenses and driving under the influence. Immigration officials note that they deported nearly twice as many convicted criminals as in the year before Obama took office. That year, in 2008, criminals made up about a third of all deportations.
      Of course there is a lot of room for improvement, and they are taking steps to address that:

      http://www.npr.org/...

      In an announcement that appears to address the criticism, U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Director John Morton has ordered his agents to focus solely on "serious offenders." Agents won't pursue illegal immigrants convicted of one or two minor misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, he said.

      The new directive limits the use of "detainers," an enforcement tool that critics say has too often been used to nab people who pose no public safety or national security threat.

      We need comprehensive immigration reform. Obama is trying to get it. Rubio and the GOP are trying to block it, and would round up every undocumented man woman and child and throw them in the gulag if given the chance.

      So no, we are not "wasting time" on Rubio.

      You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

      by SwedishJewfish on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:36:36 PM PST

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      •  Globetrotters vs. Generals (0+ / 0-)

        It's always a great show regardless of who wins, right?  Some of us just may be too simplistic to appreciate it....

        •  What? (0+ / 0-)

          Please explain your comment, because it does not appear to be a reply to mine.

          You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

          by SwedishJewfish on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 01:21:56 PM PST

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          •  In Simple Words (0+ / 0-)

            I do not share your belief that this President is sincere in his stated desire for immigration reform, gun control, prosecution of financial fraud, stopping big bank bailouts, rule of law, etc..  What I see is just a game played out by two similar teams.  Of course there are superficial differences, but the actual record to date does not support much optimism.  It's always a great show, but when the game is over where are we?  I will stick with Digby.

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