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Why Is the Obama Administration Targeting Central Americans?

GUEST: Suyapa Portillo, an Assistant Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies at Pitzer College, she has a blog on the Huffington Post.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wrote a letter on February 11th to Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, calling into question the Obama administration’s ramped up deportations of undocumented immigrants, particularly those who fled from Central America. A month ago Sanders had said to Obama directly, “As a country, we have a fundamental responsibility to keep families together and welcome those seeking refuge from extreme violence and persecution.” While his words are likely a direct appeal to Latino voters, they ring true.

Under a Democratic president, the US has deported more immigrants than ever before. But even in the President’s last term in office, instead of slowing down, a new program that began earlier this year has left immigrant communities on edge.

Little is being reported in the mainstream media about the terror that ICE raids and deportations are causing.