Immigration Rights Protesters Pressure Obama

Image: Immigration Rights Protesters Pressure Obama Protesters march to the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix on Oct. 14.

Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 12:27 PM

By Andrea Billups

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Immigration rights protesters turned up the heat on President Barack Obama Monday, as they sought to shut down a detention facility in Arizona in a move aimed at pressuring him to halt deportations and to get Congress moving again on immigration reform efforts.

According to the Washington Times, many of those protesting were illegal immigrants themselves who said they were not afraid to get arrested.

"Undocumented and unafraid," they shouted as they called on Obama to end deportations and on Congress to pass a law that would allow them to remain in the country and work toward citizenship.

Monday's protest was one of several in Arizona recently aimed at stopping Operation Streamline, a program designed to arrest and convict illegal immigrants and put them in jail for a time before sending them back to their home countries. The program has been used as a deterrent for those thinking they can cross the border and live in America unlawfully with no consequences, ABC News reported.

Protests have also taken place in Washington over the past few weeks, with illegal immigrants and immigration activists turning out at the Capitol, the White House, and on the National Mall. The protesters insist that most illegal immigrants are not criminals and should be allowed to remain in the U.S. under broader deportation policies put in place by the Obama administration.

Data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse seems to back up that claim. Under President Obama, about 400,000 immigrants are deported each year, The Washington Times noted, citing records from the clearinghouse.

The data shows that only 10.8 percent of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency during the first six months of 2013 were for serious public safety or national security threats. Of those held for deportation, just 38 percent had a criminal record of any kind, including traffic violations, The Washington Times reported.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ferguson Prosecutor: Some Witnesses Were 'Not Telling the Truth'

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:48 PM

Some witnesses who appeared before the grand jury investigating the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown were " . . .

Judge Dismisses Suit on Oklahoma Execution Access

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:40 PM

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Ok . . .

GOP Lawmakers Write Obama on Power Plant Pollution Regulations

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:06 PM

Ninety-six Republican lawmakers have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to drop the Environmental Protection  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved