GOP to Seek More Raids, Deportations of Immigrants

Deportations of undocumented immigrants have already reached extremely high levels in the past few years--almost 400,000 in a year-- but the new House GOPers aren't satisfied--they want more aggressive, less humane treatment of undocumented workers, and they want it now.

Good thing the administration still has veto power. The LA Times reports that the House Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement plans to hold hearings to pin the blame for high unemployment levels on the Obama administrations sensible policy. This policy has been one of targeting employers who hire ilegal immigrants rather than massive workplace sweeps which crowd jail cells needed for true criminals, are obviously quite traumatic to the individuals involved, and cost millions of dollars fo taxpayers. In short, this was bad policy, and a smart change for the current government to make:

Large-scale workplace arrests of illegal workers were hallmarks of the George W. Bush administration's approach in its final years. But two years ago Obama decided to shift enforcement efforts to focus on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.

It's good policy for the Obama Administration, but with a new election two years ahead, the GOP is doubtless hoping to whip up some xenophobic resentment by holding these hearings which will likely have little effect.

Read the full story at the LA Times.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at January 27, 2011, 3:14am

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