Rather, the perils immigrants face today are mostly the result of an increasingly aggressive approach to immigration enforcement pursued primarily by the federal government. Contrary to the claims of anti-immigrant state-level politicians such as Brewer, the Obama administration has led an unprecedented expansion of mass deportation and racial profiling, lethal border enforcement and opaque detention centers. What’s becoming clear is that the president, his government and the bulk of Congress are all interested primarily in detaining and deporting massive numbers of people—and not just instrumentally, as a means of looking tough enough on immigrants to garner support for broader reform, but also in principal. The federal government’s demonstrable commitment today is to terrorizing immigrant communities…
…Customs and Border Patrol officers make up the largest uniformed federal law enforcement agency in the country. Last year, in addition to providing hundreds of millions of dollars in added funding for the agency, the Obama administration sent 1,200 National Guard troops to the border….
…The federal government’s culpability for this man’s deportation—and the deportations of almost 400,000 people in fiscal year 2010, which is a record—gets obscured by the glam notoriety of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona’s anti-immigrant lawmakers.
it’s all smoke and mirrors. Look over to the right at this completely ridiculous situation, get all riled up and focus your energy there while on the left our “progressive” leader and his administration do more damage, just on the down low. Look at the wars, foreign policy, etc etc etc. It’s a bunch of bullshit and i’m disgusted when people on the right refer to him as liberal or progressive.