By Jim Kouri
President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Department officials released a report that claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported a record number of illegal immigrants in the last fiscal year, including an “unprecedented number of convicted illegals with criminal records.” However, a closer look at the figures reveals the report is bogus, according to the lawmaker in-charge of immigration oversight.
In the 2011 fiscal year which ended last month, ICE officials claim they deported more than 396,000 illegal immigrants nationwide — the largest number in the agency’s history, ICE officials said in a statement released yesterday. Of these, nearly 55 percent or more than 216,000 of the people deported were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors — an 89 percent increase since FY 2008 when George W. Bush was president.
“Smart and effective immigration enforcement relies on setting priorities for removal and executing on those priorities,” said ICE Director John Morton in a press statement.
However, there are some who claim the figures released by Morton — who was the recipient of a unanimous “vote of no confidence” by his own staff, the men and women who serve as ICE agents — are purposely misleading or out-and-out bogus.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued a biting statement upon reading the ICE statistics.
“The Obama administration continues to inflate its deportation numbers. The administration includes voluntary removals in its deportation statistics even though they impose no penalties on the offenders and make it easier for illegal immigrants to return to the U.S.,” said Rep. Smith.
“In other words, the Obama administration is cooking the books to make it look like they are enforcing immigration laws, when in reality they are enacting amnesty through inaction,” he stated.
Under the Obama administration, worksite enforcement has dropped 70%, making it easier for illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S. And DHS recently established a working group with the specific purpose of overruling or preventing orders of removal for illegal immigrants.
Even President Obama admitted to Hispanic voters recently that his administration’s deportation numbers are ‘deceptive.’
“It’s disappointing that the Obama administration continues to put illegal immigrants before the American people. Fourteen million Americans are currently looking for work,” Smith pointed out.
“Meanwhile, seven million illegal immigrants have jobs in the U.S. We could free up millions of jobs for citizens and legal immigrants if we simply enforced our immigration laws. The President’s policies just don’t add up. It’s time to elect a President that puts the American people first by enforcing our immigration laws,” Smith urged.
“All one needs to do is compare the press releases issued by ICE during the Obama years and the Bush years to see they are not focusing on enforcing the nation’s immigration laws these days,” a Border Patrol agent told the Law Enforcement Examiner.
“During the Bush administration, the majority of press releases highlighted the capture of illegal aliens working at companies across the nation. They even nabbed illegal aliens working at high-security facilities run by the U.S. government. Today, the majority of the press releases are issued with regard to child pornography, counterfeit designer clothing and accessories, and even drug arrests,” said the Law Enforcement Examiner source who demanded anonymity.