Immigrants’ advocates not letting up on Obama

The federal immigration program that allows local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws is becoming a thorn in the side of the Obama administration.

It’s part of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s tough-on-illegal immigrants strategy, and it wins President Obama points from conservatives who fear he’ll go soft on “illegals.” But the abuse of immigrants by local sheriffs like Joe Arpaio in Arizona have outraged immigrant advocacy groups, while even major law enforcement organizations oppose saddling local cops with federal law enforcement responsibilities that often undermine police forces’ ability to do their jobs.

Read more at The Colorado Independent’s sister site in the nation’s capital, The Washington Independent.

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