NPR Program: The Future of Immigration Enforcement

January 09, 2012

The U.S. deported a record number of people last year, yet the Obama administration faces criticism from both Democrats and Republicans on immigration policy. Most of the focus has been on the Secure Communities program, which shares local and state law enforcement information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In response to criticism that the agency is casting too wide a net, ICE plans to allow more leeway in deportation cases. We look at this and other election year debates brewing over immigration.

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Paromita Shah

Associate Director, National Immigration Project, National Lawyers Guild

Walter Tejada

Member, Arlington County Board (D)

Margaret Orchowski

Congressional Correspondent, Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education; author, Immigration and the American Dream: Battling the Political Hype and Hysteria (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008)