Obama echoes Bush with firm immigration enforcement

Although President Obama stated during his presidential campaign that he would moderate aggressive immigration enforcement that the Bush administration had pursued, the current administration’s policy has echoed those of Obama’s predecessor as of late.
The Obama administration has recently resorted to an aggressive approach to an illegal immigration crackdown that relies heavily on the programs created by the previous administration.
Some of the actions conducted most recently include audits of employee paperwork at hundreds of businesses, expansion of a worker verification that has been criticized as flawed, the strengthening of cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies, and the rejection of proposals for legally binding rules governing living conditions in immigration detention centers.
These changes from Obama’s campaign promises has led many Hispanic Obama supporters to lash out and take to the streets of New York City and Los Angeles in the form of small protests.
However, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and other administration officials argue that a firm stance on immigration enforcement is necessary to persuade voters to accept legislation that would give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, a measure they say Mr. Obama still hopes to advance either late this year or early in 2010.

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