On ABC’s Sunday morning political affairs program “This Week,” Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington confronted former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe over the Obama administration’s record number of deportation.
Huffington called Obama’s record deportation numbers a “scandal here that neither Democrats, nor Republicans are talking about.”
More people have been deported under the Obama administration than over the whole two terms of George Bush. And we’ve had, for example, since 2010 200,000 parents of American citizens being deported for minor offenses,” Huffington went on to say. “This is a real tragedy. And if this was being done under George Bush, Democrats would have been up in arms.”
“We need some accountability, David, because right now, this goes right against what the president professes to believe in, that detention and deportation system, it is an absolute nightmare for families. It’s a bit like a gulag,” Huffington went on to say.
Huffington cited research from a 2012 Colorlines.com investigation that found the Obama administration has deported more than 200,000 parents of U.S. citizen children.
Between July 1, 2010, and Sept. 31, 2012, nearly 23 percent of all deportations—or, 204,810 deportations—were issued for parents with citizen children, according to federal data obtained by Colorlines’ Seth Freed Wessler through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Fast forward to the 6:45 minute mark to watch Huffington confront the former Obama adviser.
(h/t Not One More Deportation)