Dramatic shift in immigration policy for Obama administration

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The Obama Administration has announced a dramatic shift in its immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security announced it will focus on deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records or pose a threat to national security. Those without criminal records will be allowed to apply for a work permit.

The move marks a shift for the Administration, which has drawn criticism from immigration rights advocates for the record-number of deportations that have occurred since the president took office.

“President Barack Obama has deported more immigrants than any other president in the history of the United States,” said Jorge Ramos, anchor for the Spanish language television network Univision. “President Barack Obama has divided more Hispanic families than any other president, so he had a problem with Hispanic community.”


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