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White House seeking support for deportations

White House seeking support for deportations

As the Obama administration prepares to change the way it enforces immigration laws, top officials have been conducting weeks of shuttle diplomacy, touring the country to try to re-enlist police chiefs and mayors in the cause of deporting people convicted of crimes.

Local officials are skeptical after a previous system resulted in the detention and removal of thousands of immigrants ensnared by local law enforcement, many on minor charges. That program, Secure Communities, was scrapped in November by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who said "its very name has become a symbol for general hostility toward the enforcement of our immigration laws."