Brand & Martínez for September 13, 2012

The politics of deportation

Immigration Activists Demonstrate In Los Angeles

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Students wearing t-shirts during a demonstration by immigrant student for an end to deportations and urge relief by governmental agencies for those in deportation proceedings on June 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. In a policy change, the Obama administration said it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

Newly-released data from the Department of Homeland Security shows the U.S. deported a near-record number of undocumented immigrants in 2011. Republican and Democrats are both using the number to their political advantage. Adrian Florido with the Fronteras Desk at KPBS in San Diego reports.

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