December 19, 2013

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WASHINGTON – Below is a statement from Ruthie Epstein, policy analyst of the American Civil Liberties Union, on the deportation numbers for fiscal year 2013 announced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today:

"Despite broad consensus that the nation needs immigration reform, the Obama administration is barreling towards the dubious honor of hitting a record 2 million deportations by early next year. Today’s numbers show that ICE continues to sweep tens of thousands of immigrants into a detention and deportation machine that lacks basic due process protections, including the dignity of an appearance before a judge. The Department of Homeland Security should sharpen its enforcement priorities and strengthen due process protections for immigrants in removal proceedings."

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