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Obama administration to deport fewer Carib nationals

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Amid increasing criticism of its deportation policy, the Barack Obama administration said yesterday it will deport fewer Caribbean and other immigrants stopped by police for minor traffic infractions, except drunk drivers.

In announcing changes to the federal fingerprinting programme, known as Secure Communities, United States Department of Homeland Security officials said they are responding to key recommendations of a task force on the policy.

"(The Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, an agency of Homeland Security) agrees that enforcement action based solely on a charge for a minor traffic offense is generally not an efficient use of government resources," said the department in a statement.

But Homeland Security officials reaffirmed their support for the programme which has been the centrepiece of heightened controversy since it began in October 2008.