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The secretary of Homeland Security says his department is wrapping up a review of deportation policies and could announce potential changes soon.
"I am looking for ways to more effectively enforce and administer our immigration laws," Secretary Jeh Johnson said during an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's This Week. "I believe there is room for improvement, and hopefully we'll get to a better place."
Johnson said he's been consulting officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on "what our priorities should be" and "how we could realign them, potentially."
Some supporters of Obama - and his proposed immigration bill - have criticized the administration for record rates of deportation of people who are in the country illegally.
Congressional Republicans, meanwhile, say Obama may be tempted to slacken deportation rules to placate political backers.
"On Friday, dozens of protesters marched to ICE headquarters in Washington to confront the agency over its deportation policies.
"'President Obama has been promising immigration reform, but what he has given the people is actually record numbers of deportations and violations of their civil rights,' said Jacinta Gonzalez, a lead organizer For Congress of Day Laborers.
"But one day before the protest at ICE headquarters, 22 Republican senators sent President Obama a letter expressing their 'grave concerns' over Johnson's review, saying the 'changes under consideration would represent a near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement.'"
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