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New Study Shows Criminalization of Immigration
March 18, 2014 – Chicago, IL
In response to a Pew Research Study released today, “The Rise of Federal Immigration Crimes”, that charts as other criminal prosecutions decline, criminal prosecutions for immigration offenses are still continuing at very high levels, Tania Unzueta, organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
“At a time when the President says he will review his deportation policies, he’ll also need to revise the extent to which immigration itself has been criminalized.  The administration says it is targeting criminals but uses a sleight of hand to reclassify most immigrants with that label. People who are coming back to the only home they’ve known or the place they’ve settled with their family are treated as priorities for removal simply because they’ve had their families and their lives divided.”

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