Barack Obama’s Deportation Scam: Homeland Security Cooks the Books
When President Obama warned Congress in his recent State of the Union that he would act alone if it failed to cooperate with his agenda, he meant it.
The president’s latest end run around Congress is his determination to curtail and even halt the deportation of illegals as prescribed by federal law. Enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws is getting worse.
Obama’s latest lawlessness concerns the disingenuous claims by the administration that it is tough on deportation. It is not true.
Proof of Obama’s deportation scam was admitted by none other than Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in testimony before the House Appropriations Committee. Johnson came clean when challenged about deportation statistics reported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The statistics are inflated by adding illegals arrested crossing the border by Customs and Border Protection – the Border Patrol – to ICE deportation figures. Such arrests are not deportations. Johnson admitted that Border Patrol arrests would not have been added to deportation figures in prior administrations.
Johnson’s testimony came amidst Obama’s call for a review of deportation policies following pressure from members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The Caucus, plus other immigration reform advocates, is growing increasingly impatient with the lack of progress on reform legislation in the House.
They want the president to act, no doubt the way he did during the 2012 presidential campaign when he unilaterally ordered his own version of the DREAM act. What is more, they want deportations stopped now. One activist put it bluntly: “We don’t need a review at this time. We need him to act.”
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions said it was “astonishing” that the president would order an “enforcement review” aimed at further weakening rather than repairing enforcement of immigration laws.
“According to ICE’s own published statistics,” Sessions said, “the vast majority of those removed from the country have been convicted or involved with a serious crime. Illegal immigrants in the U.S. who don’t meet the Administration’s ‘priorities’—even if they come into contact with immigration enforcement—are largely exempt from federal immigration law.”
Sessions noted that two-thirds of removals last year were not deportations but rather apprehensions of illegals crossing the border.
“This lawlessness is a large factor in the decline of wages for Americans, immigrant and native-born, alike,” Sessions said. “President Obama should demonstrate more concern for struggling American workers of all backgrounds. Indeed, in addition to decimating current immigration law, he is pushing to double the number of foreign guest workers who companies bring in to take jobs.”