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A sign is seen during a news conference on immigration reform at the east front of the U.S. Capitol March 11, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) held the news conference to "demand that Congress and President Obama stop the senseless family-separation crisis that is gripping the immigrant community by passing immigration reform with a path to citizenship and stopping senseless deportations."
Immigrant rights groups rallied in cities and in front of deportation centers across the U.S. this weekend, marking what they called an historic moment: 2 million deportations under the Obama Administration.
But some have questioned that figure and have pointed to data that shows that deportations are actually down in certain parts of the country and among certain groups.
For a look behind the numbers, we’re joined by Manuel Pastor, director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California.
Some key findings:
- According to a New York Times analysis of deportation data, two-thirds of deportation cases involved people who have committed only minor infractions.
- Since the "prosecutorial discretion" policy began in 2011, enforcement activity in the interior of the country declined by 40 percent, according to analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies.
- The charge in prosecutions that showed the greatest increase in early 2014, compared to the same period last year, was related to improper entry to the US, according to Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration Program.