Obama Says Most Deportations Happen Because Congress Beefed Up Border

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By Patrick Tutwiler

Facing questions on his deportation policy while making an appearance this morning on a Spanish-language radio show, “El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo,” President Obama shifted the blame to Congress.

“Keep in mind that most of these deportations are actually at the border,” Obama said. “So it’s people who are just being stopped.  The reason that the numbers are high is because Congress doubled the number of ICE agents and custom border patrol.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson acknowledged as much earlier this month.

“It’s not because this is something that I think is necessarily a kind thing or a helpful thing for many of these families,” the President added.

Obama also fielded questions about whether Latinos from “mixed status” homes would risk triggering deportations of their loved ones if they signed up for Obamacare. Obama replied that “there is no sharing of the data of information with… immigration officials,” and encouraged Latinos to sign up, “even if it’s just for some the members of their family.”

The appearance on the radio program, which mainly features Mexican music, was the latest in a string of appearances by the President on Spanish-language media outlets. Obama has been making a major push to both Latinos and young people to sign up for Obamacare ahead of the March 31st sign up deadline.