According to Fox News Latino, the new TRAC study brought widespread criticism against the Obama Administration, which has presided over a record number of deportations. Nearly 400,000 people have been deported each year since Obama took office.
The President promised to overhaul the immigration system while campaigning in 2008 and 2012, but efforts to pass a reform bill that would provide a path to legal status failed.
“The President has not administered smarter or more targeted enforcement,” said Pablo Alvarado, an executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, in a statement, “He has pandered to the anti-immigrants in Congress in a failed strategy to court their support.”
The Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill in June, but efforts to draft legislation stalled in the Republican-dominated House, where the GOP has vowed not to pass measures that allow undocumented immigrants to become legal citizens. On Wednesday, House Democrats unveiled an immigration reform bill, but it is unlikely it will receive Republican support.
"The American people have spoken," said Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Florida, "They want Congress to take on this issue."