Immigration Is Down, Enforcement Is Up, but Harsh Rhetoric Remains

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Monday, July 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

The right constantly accuses President Obama of being weak on immigration enforcement, but his administration is actually deporting record numbers of illegal immigrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement estimates that its deportations this year will increase by nearly 10 percent over the Bush administration’s 2008 total. The agency also has been auditing companies at a rate about four times higher than in 2008.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that supporters of enforcement are satisfied with Obama administration immigration policies, as Peter Slevin reports at The Washington Post:

While the administration focuses on some illegal immigrants with criminal records, others are allowed to remain free, creating a “sense of impunity. As long as they keep their heads down, they’re in the clear. That’s no way of enforcing immigration law,” said Mark Krikorian, a supporter of stricter policies with the Center for Immigration Studies.

“Even the ones who haven’t committed murder or rape or drug offenses, all of them have committed federal felonies,” Krikorian said. He favors employer audits, but also the roundups that Obama has largely abandoned.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) similarly believes the administration is showing “apathy toward robust immigration enforcement.” He said at a House hearing in March that the approach is nothing more than “selective amnesty.”

Lower rates of illegal immigration have not softened harsh rhetoric from the right, either. Gregory Rodriguez at the LA Times questions why immigration has become such a big issue this year even though illegal immigration is down:

The easy answer, of course, is that the economy is tough and historically people have looked for targets to blame for their feelings of impotence.

But today I think there are other contributing factors. The political discourse overall is pretty horrific, and while immigration has always brought out the worst in people, today’s polarized climate only makes matters worse.

Furthermore, the right wing, where much of the anti-immigrant frenzy comes from, no longer has an authoritative voice of reason pressing for decency on the issue. Four years ago, after President George W. Bush unsuccessfully launched his own effort at comprehensive immigration reform, he warned against “harsh, ugly rhetoric.” Today, Bush is hardly heard from and the right has an “open borders” policy on over-the-top rhetoric. [...]

There may be those who see hatred as a justifiable means to an end. Perhaps they hope that all this harsh rhetoric will keep even more illegal immigrants at home. But they’d be silly to think that such invective only makes life harder for immigrants. Unfortunately, it also actively degrades our culture, our public square and our democracy.

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monkey99
Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

Why doesn't anybody get this? It's not about enforcement, it's about President Obama. He's hunted down and killed/captured MORE terrorists than Bush 43 EVER did, in one and a half years! Does he get the credit for that? NO.

He protects the American people with healthcare reform, but does he get credit for that? YES. In the form of signs of him with Hitler moustaches and other racist depictions.

He gets help to the unemployed in this country, numbers the Republicans CREATED, does he get credit? NO. Just more Republican nonsense about “deficit reduction” and “economic recovery”, which those funds would DO!

Now numbers show that President Obama is enforcing immigration at HIGHER numbers than have been in DECADES, but what is he getting?

This is about the Republican ideology versus President Obama, with the American people suffering in the middle.


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Brittanicus
Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

The majority of the American people are probing this simple question? If the enactment of SB 1070, Arizona's policing law, is a non-negotiable interference of Federal law relating to states right to protect itself. 1. Does this law causes “irreparable harm? 2. Does it circumvent federal law? These are the arguments of the Department of Justice having filed this complaint in federal court. As I perceive it, the only person who comes under suspicion, are people who are avoiding coming into contact with a police officer. If you happened to get pulled over, they are first going to run the cars plates. Then cross referencing with your driver’s license, then if everything falls into line with names and addresses and no bench warrant is out for your arrest–then you drive away. The state of Arizona has built SB1070 on the foundations of federal law, so what’s the big issue here? The material issue has absolutely nothing to do with the “Rule of Law?” and everything to do with politics.

Same as the federal government conveniently overlooking Sanctuary States and cities, because California cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, Denver, Colorado, New York City are all in contravention to the 1986 immigration act. Sanctuary cities policies were first adopted in the Liberal metropolis of in 1979 Los Angeles, to prevent police from inquiring about the immigration status of arrestees. “Special order 40,” states: “Officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person. Officers shall neither arrest nor book persons for violation of title 8, section 1325 of the United States Immigration code (Illegal Entry).” Equally to blame and even promote the law are numerous Governors, Mayors and an assortment of Police Chiefs and city managers.

Some of the other main American cities are Chicago; Santa Ana; San Diego; Salt Lake City; Dallas; Houston; Austin; Detroit; Jersey City; Minneapolis; Miami; Portland; Maine; Baltimore; Seattle; Portland; New Haven; and Washington, D.C. These cities have adopted “sanctuary” ordinances banning municipal employees and law enforcement from inquiring people about their immigration status. In the foul shadow of this controversial rule has arisen, the deaths of innocent citizens at the hands of illegal aliens that the Liberal media prefers to keep silent and out of the headlines. In March 2008, Jamiel Shaw Jr, Los Angeles; In July 2008 Anthony Bologna and his two sons in San Francisco;

On July 31, 2008, 14-year-old Ivan Miranda, San Francisco; In October 2008, Phoenix, Arizona, Shane Figueroa; February 3, 2009, Denver, Colorado leaving three people dead and two injured. By no means is this the whole list, but if you dig deep on the internet you will be amazed or more likely furious of the lives taken by illegal aliens; specially drunken drivers. These deaths caused by gang members, drunken drivers and multiple border entry, habitual criminal aliens, never become public knowledge. Only the deaths of illegal aliens seem to get thorough publicity from the far left press over the years. Another statistic is thousands of incurable business owners who evade the law, knowingly hiring illegal workers and having never joined other felons in prison? An additional fact that the border fence was never, ever completed and still remains a single length fence, not—TWO–as existed in the original 2006 Secure Border Act.

Even E-Verify, a durable enforcement tool designed in President Bush's administration has been conceded by Nevada's Harry Reid, who tried to thrash it in the Senate chamber. As an outsider I comprehend nothing but different presidencies, either cutting subsidies or just plain lying about immigration enforcement. America! We have a colossal problem that has become a national hemorrhaging of our hospitals, schools and welfare benefits being consumed by illegal recipients. Yet the federal government has failed dismally in its responsibility to defend this country from enemies domestic and foreign. Your vote is important to Washington’s Senate and Congressman, so bombard them that you are adamantly against any type of Amnesty. You want them to secure the border and do it now, because Mexico’s blood bath could easily erupts here. Call the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121.

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McMorty
Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

Once this administration gets to 12 million deported (or 20 million depending on who you want to believe on the total number of undocumented aliens in the US) then we can begin to celebrate. Until then it's all small potatoes.


Stephan
Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

It is shown in the History of the UNITED STATES that Settlers from all Nationality had the right to come here.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NorthAmerica1762-83.png

There might be criminals but they have to be checked singular and not like 1070 descript
The same as is as the Terrorists to criminalize and not generalizing everyone as.
Proof of Immigration request should be the only request of the Officer at the Police Station
not the Officer at Duty in public ore in his Police Car.


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THESE ARE THE ONLY FACTS

(Under immigration law, being in the United States without legal status is a civil violation, not a crime.)

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