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Francis Wilkinson

Immigration Activists Are Tired of Deportations. Is Obama?

Obama surely concluded a while back that he was not going to get any credit for being tough on deportation. The question now is whether he wants credit for going soft.

President Barack Obama is under attack from Republicans for selectively enforcing immigration laws. He is under attack from immigration rights activists for enforcing laws too aggressively. Let's see if we can guess which group the White House will be more responsive to.

In his first term, Obama's administration deported a record 1.5 million undocumented immigrants. Republicans applauded this return to law and order following what House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte termed the "lax and loosey-goosey" administration of George W. Bush.