Skip to comments.The Deportation Lie : How Obama Cooks the enforcement Books
Posted on 04/19/2013 8:46:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
It is one of the Obama administrations favorite talking points on immigration: It has been deporting illegal immigrants in record numbers. That bolsters its credentials on enforcement and supports the argument that, now that weve gotten tough on the border, it is time to enact comprehensive immigration reform.
But figures recently unearthed by a federal lawsuit in Texas cast serious doubt on the administrations deportation claims. The number of deportations appears to have declined significantly during the presidents term in office.
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, has analyzed a set of largely unpublished official statistics on immigration-enforcement activity over the past five years. Earlier this month, Vaughan testified in court on behalf of a group of U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents who are suing the administration over its use of prosecutorial discretion in dictating how immigration law is enforced or not enforced. The agents are seeking an injunction against a series of policy directives from ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that were designed to regulate the extent to which ICE officers could initiate deportation proceedings for illegal immigrants in their custody.
In her testimony on April 8, Vaughan noted that, contrary to the administrations claims, the number of illegal-immigrant removals has dropped 40 percent since June 2011, when ICE director John Morton issued the first of several directives outlining significant changes to the agencys enforcement policies. There has been a significant decline in enforcement activity as measured by the number of removals, Vaughan says. Deportations specifically of illegal immigrants convicted of a crime individuals the administration says it has prioritized for removal are similarly down, almost 40 percent since June 2011, Vaughan found. And that decline has occurred despite a significant increase in the number of illegal immigrants referred to ICE after being arrested for crimes. There are certainly enough illegal aliens out there, especially enough criminal illegal aliens, that their numbers should be going up, not down, Vaughan says. So they appear to be giving a lot of free passes to people who are a public-safety problem, beyond the fact that they are here illegally.
Removals generated by ICEs Enforcement and Removals division, which is responsible for interior immigration enforcement, have decreased nearly 50 percent since June 2011. Vaughan says the administration has been inflating its deportation statistics by including a greater number of U.S. Border Patrol cases illegal immigrants picked up at the border and subsequently referred to ICE as part of its annual statistics. Border Patrol cases accounted for 56 percent of removals reported in fiscal year 2013, up from 33 percent in 2008. Typically, an individual apprehended at the southern border is simply returned to Mexico without being processed as a deportation by ICE.
Vaughan says this undermines the administrations claim that pursuing criminal cases is its top priority. This was the primary argument that DHS secretary Janet Napolitano put forward in June 2012, when she issued a directive instructing ICE officers to refrain from initiating deportation proceedings for illegal immigrants who might qualify for DREAM status immigrants who were brought here illegally, are currently enrolled in school or the military, and have not been convicted of a serious crime. They have been justifying policies by saying it enables them to focus more on criminals, Vaughan says. Whats happening is actually the opposite. The majority of resources are going toward supporting Border Patrol activity.
Internal e-mails uncovered earlier this year show that ICE officials, concerned about the falling numbers of criminal deportations, have directed agents to come up with methods to reverse that trend. The only performance measure that will count this fiscal year is the criminal-alien removal target, former assistant director of ICE field operations David Venturella wrote in an e-mail in April 2012 to agents in Atlanta. However, Vaughan said she could find no discernable uptick in criminal deportations that might have resulted from this new emphasis.
Chris Crane, who heads the union representing more than 7,000 ICE agents and officers, tells NRO that he has long been baffled by the administrations claims of record deportation numbers. We just dont see it in our offices, he says. Every year we supposedly break the record for deportation, and we cant figure out whats going on. We dont believe these numbers. Administration officials claim to have deported 409,849 immigrants in fiscal year 2012, up from 392,000 in 2010. Crane argues that stats are being cooked to create a false impression of President Obamas record on immigration enforcement.
DHS and ICE are knowingly manipulating arrest and deportation data with the specific intent of misleading the American public with regard to the enforcement of illegal immigration in our country, he told reporters Thursday at a Capitol Hill press conference. At an alarming rate, ICE arrest and deportation numbers have plummeted since 2008, clear evidence that interior enforcement has in large part been shut down over the last four years.
Administration lawyers did not extensively challenge Vaughans court testimony, other than to introduce a bar graph, based on ICE statistics, showing that convicted criminals accounted for 55 percent of all deportations in fiscal year 2012. That figure is misleadingly high, Vaughan stresses, because it includes a large number of Border Patrol removals referred to ICE. In some cases that transfer process may have led to double counting, further inflating the total number of removals, she says.
The Senate Gang of Eight has finally produced a bill that would grant immediate legal status to illegal immigrants, in exchange for a plan from DHS to further secure the border and enforce the law. Vaughan is skeptical that it will work, given the administrations current record of enforcement and its willingness to manipulate its own statistics. It seems to me foolhardy for Congress to trust that this administration is actually going to implement any new enforcement plans, she says.
Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online.
I.N.S. = Implement of NATIONAL SUICIDE...
But does he “PRESSURE COOK” them?!
Remember the names of the hacks who support legal status to illegal immigrants at election time,house cleaning to ensue.
obama is a pathological liar. as well as a lover of murder.
i thinmk it hurts him to actually tell the truth.
his father satan is well pleased.
Chris Crane called out the gang of 8 on what they have done for immigration enforcement for the last 4 years.
Vitter, Sessions and law enforcement had a press conference on cspan.
The Democrats at least voted for Obama’s appointments. Maybe McCain or Graham voted for them as well.
Rubio and Jeb Bush did nothing in Florida. All the other DC insiders have no prior bills on enforcement.