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Immigration experts answer your questions about expanded deportation

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U.S. Border Patrol agents detain undocumented immigrants after they crossed the border from Mexico into the United States on August 7, 2015 in McAllen, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images

The numbers came in just minutes ago from the Pew Research Center -- one-point-four million Southern Californians are in the country illegally.

That's nearly thirteen-percent of the nation's total. LA and Orange Counties alone have a million residents here illegally. The news comes amid an ongoing national discussion about immigration, specifically what criteria do and do not constitute deportation under President Trump’s executive order on immigration, which took away most restrictions on who gets deported.

What are your questions about deportation criteria? Do you think deportation should be expanded? If so, what should the criteria be?

A Martinez also heads to the University of Redlands tonight to discuss the latest shift in immigration policy and what it means for us here in California. Find more event details here.


Alan Gomez, USA Today reporter covering immigration; he tweets @alangomez

Kamal Essaheb, director of policy and advocacy for the National Immigration Law Center, an organization that works to advance the rights of low-income immigrants

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at Center for Immigration Studies; she tweets @JessicaV_CIS

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