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Trump officials point to ‘deporter in chief’ Obama amid furor over immigration raids

Trump administration officials sought Sunday to cool the heated rhetoric over anticipated immigration sweeps, arguing that enforcing deportation orders is routine — and occurred with greater frequency under President Obama.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway declined to discuss operational details but said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “does this every single day” and pushed back against the description of such actions as “raids.”

“ICE does this every single day. Law enforcement in this country enforces the law,” Mrs. Conway said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s a tautological definition of their duties. And this, of course, happened under President Obama. He was referred to as ‘deporter in chief’ very harshly in 2012.”

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