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Obama administration defends deportation raids on families

The White House press secretary has insisted politics haven't factored into the plan

In her article for Huffington Post Elise Foley talks over Obama administration’s decision to begin raids on immigrant families.

The government defended its deportation plans despite the fact that deportation might cost immigrant families life. “This should come as no surprise. I have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed,” Foley cites Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. This weekend commemorated the beginning of deportation raids that have already picked up 121 people, including underage children. All of them are subjected to deportation, since their legal options to stay in the U.S. are exhausted.

Immigration activists warn that considering high levels of violence in Central America, where the most of immigrants are to be deported, such decision is inhumane and dangerous. The current refugee screening demonstrates that some families might be excluded from the deportation list because at the homicide rates in their home countries, presence in there poses a serious threat to their lives. Nevertheless, security officials claim that the enforcement operations are highly needed and will continue to occur.

The security department stated that they have taken necessary precautions to ensure that families with children will be removed from the country delicately and compassionately, with a number of female agents on duty to help during this sensitive issue. However, the exact number of families that might have been spared due to health or other personal reasons was not specified.

The deportation issue is quite complicated for the White House which is fighting to allow undocumented parents who have legalized children to stay in the country. Foley provides current statistics on family immigration: “The number of mothers and children crossing the border went down last year after a surge in 2014, but has crept up again in recent months. In October and November, border agents apprehended about 12,500 family units at the southwest border -- a massive increase from the same period the year before, when they took in about 4,600 families.

Minors traveling without parents are also coming in at higher numbers. Border agents apprehended about 10,600 of them in October and November, compared to about 5,100 during those months in 2014.

Some of them were granted asylum or other relief to remain in the U.S. But others weren't, and as recent border-crossers, they fall within the administration's priorities for deportation. DHS officials have argued that an individual isn't exempt from being subject to removal just because he or she is part of a family.”

It has been revealed that unauthorized migration increase might be connected to a different message people in Central America are getting: according to the reports, immigrants believe they can come to the U.S. and stay freely. This misconception pushed Republicans to insist on implementing stricter border control across the southern border. However, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest claimed that new policy has nothing to do with Republican lawmakers’ demands.

Several presidential candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders expressed their criticism towards deportation. More than 150 civil rights, immigration and other advocacy groups and activists signed an open letter to Barack Obama urging him to cancel implementation of such harsh policy against vulnerable immigrant families; they have provided an example of one family being deported because of lack of legal representation, adding that the raids violate civil rights of immigrants who already have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Foley provides Johnson’s quote: "there are many who loudly condemn our enforcement efforts as far too harsh, while there will be others who say these actions don’t go far enough."

"I also recognize the reality of the pain that deportations do in fact cause," he continued. "But, we must enforce the law consistent with our priorities. At all times, we endeavor to do this consistent with American values, and basic principles of decency, fairness, and humanity."

However, he hinted that the U.S. government plans on allowing more Central Americans enter the country legally by creating ways for immigrants to apply for refuge within the countries.

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