Activists plead for end to deportations
By The Associated Press
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013, 8:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Immigration supporters are calling on President Obama to end deportations of immigrants who might be eligible for legal status under a new immigration bill.
Activists have long complained of record deportations breaking up families under the Obama administration. Officials representing labor unions, day laborers and others held a conference call and released a letter on Monday telling Obama it makes no sense to be deporting people that he's committed to legalizing through the immigration bill he supports.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reports deporting close to 400,000 people annually in recent years.
When asked to address complaints about deportations, Obama has said that until the law changes, he has to enforce the one on the books.
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