Some groups took issue with Obama’s contention in his news conference that enforcement efforts are now focused on criminals, instead of others who do not pose a threat to public safety. Immigration advocacy groups have long criticized the president for the record number of deportations that have occurred under his administration. Many of those who have been deported, they say, are not criminals, but people with immigration violations, which are civil. "Actions speak louder than words, and there are several steps the President can take today to advance reform," said Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, in a statement. "There continues to be a wide distance between the President’s rhetoric and his record. To close that gap, the President must cease the 1,100 daily deportations he currently oversees."
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