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Obama orders review of immigrant deportations

Published:Sunday | March 16, 2014 | 10:45 AM

United States President Barack Obama has ordered a review of deportations to the Caribbean and other countries, instructing that the removal of undocumented immigrants should be done in a more humane manner.

The review comes as Obama continues to face mounting pressure from within the Democratic Party and various advocate groups to suspend the aggressive campaign by his administration to deport illegal Caribbean and other immigrants.

Democratic Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, is among those who have been urging Obama to curtail deportations to the Caribbean, pointing to the suffering of families left behind.

According to US officials, more illegal immigrants have been deported during the Obama administration than under any previous president, with that number expected to reach two million in the coming weeks.

In a statement announcing the review, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama is deeply concerned about the pain experienced by those families impacted by deportations.

Carney says Obama has instructed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the country’s deportation practices to see how they can be conducted in more humane ways and within the confines of the law.


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