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Immigration Raids Under Obama On Track to Beat Bush

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A new study from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows what many immigration activists have suspected for some time: Federal raids against undocumented immigrants under the Obama administration are reaching the highs of the Bush administration in one agency, with prosecutions actually surpassing those under Bush in another.

The study was created by filing FOIA requests with the two main Department of Homeland Security agencies that handle illegal immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). According to the report, in March and April of 2010, CBP referred 14,912 cases for prosecution — “the highest two-month total since September and October of 2008, when the combined figure was 16,127” (at the height of the Bush administration).

But over at ICE, in March and April of 2010, the “two-month total of 4,145 is the highest recorded since the creation of the agency in 2005. This surpasses previous highs of 3,777 in July and August of 2008 [under Bush] and 3,787 in July and August of 2009 [under Obama].”

And still, immigration reform does not seem likely in this Congress, certainly not before the November elections.