On Telemundo, Obama Takes Heat for Enforcing Immigration Law Too Much

President Obama takes considerable criticism from those who say he is not going enough to enforce immigration laws. But as Telemundo anchorman Jose Diaz Balart demonstrated on his Sunday news program Enfoque, the president is also under fire from those who say he is doing too much. Balart said he wanted to discuss with his guests “things our community is doing to say ‘Basta, ya!’ Enough already!”

First Balart spoke with Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, whose California district includes the Imperial Valley and the border city of Calexico. When Diaz Balart observed that President Obama’s administration has overseen the deportation of nearly two million people on immigration law violations, Vargas said:

President Obama has been very bad in this. He has great guilt in this. He has deported more people than President Bush. You have to say it clearly. This is very badly done. He has destroyed families. He has deported many people. These families try to reunite and many die trying to cross the border. We have asked him to stop this, But he continues to be stubborn. We have to say to him again, ” What are you doing? This is a crime against humanity.”

Then Diaz Balart spoke with activist Pablo Alvarado, who noted in passing that Republicans have been behind the legislation to mandate enforcement and self-deportation. Then he added, “But at the same time, our community has to be clear about who is supervising the deportations. It’s not John Boehner. It is President Barack Obama….It is false to say he can’t do more to reduce the deportations. He already did so with the young people who are recipients of DACA. He can do it perfectly well with the parents….He can say, ‘I’m not going to deport at least those who would benefit from the proposal that the Senate has already approved.'”

Finally, Diaz Balart spoke with Tania Unzueta, a member of the group Not One More Deportation. She said has engaged in acts of civil disobedience to block deportations in Arizona, Washington, and Chicago. When Diaz Balart asked if Unzueta was concerned that such actions could endanger her status under the DACA legislation (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program decreed by President Obama to provide legal status to those who came illegally as children) she responded , “I began civil disobedience before DACA existed. My perspective is that it was these actions that caused us to see the humanity of the young people and to advance the deferred action.”

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