The Obama administration has been surprisingly harsh on the issue of immigration throughout the past several years. According to CNN, the United States has deported an average of 400,000 undocumented immigrants each year Obama has been in office, making him the harshest president in regards to deportation.
According to a Fox News Latino report, many immigrant activists feel betrayed by the actions of Obama, whom they voted into office after hearing promises of immigration reform.
“I feel betrayed,” said Santas Guiterrez, a legal permanent resident whose husband is being held in immigration detention, “I thought, we all thought, that things would improve for immigrants.”
Many of these frustrated activists recently staged a hunger strike in Washington to emphasize the President’s practice of deportation. Support for immigration reform is growing throughout the country, as individuals from both parties have voiced interest in seeking some sort of reform.
The government has shown some signs of slowing down its deportation rate, as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently admitted he is considering limiting deportations of illegal immigrants that do not have serious criminal records.
This change would eliminate the retroactive removal of immigrants for non-violent crimes such as re-entering the U.S. illegally. Many immigration activists claim that Johnson’s reformation of Homeland Security policy would be a significant step, but still far from, the true immigration reform promised by Obama.