The National Day Laborer Organizing Network, an organization that works to improve the lives of transient workers, is critical of the White House’s promises to take a progressive stance on reforms. “At this point, his words sound like empty promises stacked against his record,” said Pablo Alvarado, the group’s executive director, in a statement. By 2014, two million people will be deported under the Obama administration, the Huffington Post reported in January. That’s the cumulative amount of immigrants deported under Bush, and more than all deportations before 1997. “The fact that regressive voices among Republicans have been the loudest and most shrill does not excuse the president’s disastrous record on deportations,” Alvarado said. “The president alone oversees the removal of more than 1,100 people every day.”

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