The Obama administration has set a record for deportations, at 392, 862. But as I have argued before, the administration is very mistaken if it thinks it can use this to its advantage--it will probably have the opposite effect. In short, the increase does not impress anyone, and alienates some. From the NYT:
As midterm elections approach, Obama administration officials are facing intense pressure to show they are tough on illegal immigration. States across the country have enacted laws to crack down, citing a failure of the federal government to do the job. An especially broad law adopted by Arizona drew a lawsuit from the federal government and an outcry from Latinos in the state, who said it could lead to harassment and racial profiling. A federal judge stayed central provisions of the law.
Anti-immigration reform Republicans and conservative Democrats will not soften on the administration just because there are more deportations. Further, it will alienate some Latinos and pro-reform voters.
The net result? Less political support than before, and perhaps more voters staying home.