Amid the cries of “Si Si Puede” from the Oval Office at the White House from the Three Amigos during Festival Inmigración with the President could be heard the wails from the pain too many black families feel from the separation of employment that comes from our failed immigration policy.
The White House announced in a statement released Thursday that President Obama “has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department’s current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law.”
The review on increased leniency of illegal aliens inside US the border would supplement the President’s already lackadaisical attitude and enforcement policy of current immigration laws.
A memorandum authored by the Obama Administration in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) instructed several Department of Homeland Security agencies to ignore illegal immigrants that came to the US as children. It is similar to the Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) that was rejected by Congress.
Though it does not alter an individual’s existing immigration status or provide a pathway to citizenship, it does defer them from being subject to removal proceedings or from actually being removed from the country.
Estimates of those individuals that are eligible range as high as 1.76 million. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), over 500,000 have been the granted the deferment as of November 2013.
This new effort by President Obama seeking additional executive amnesty for illegal aliens came after his meeting with three member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).
The three Hispanic lawmakers at the Oval Office complaining about perceived increased deportations by the Obama Administration were CHC Chairman Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, a Democrat from Texas, Immigration Task Force Chairman Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA). The Three Amigos had threatened to introduce a resolution demanding action.
Cowering from behind his desk at the Oval Office at the threat of their demands, President Obama appeared clearly shaken after the meeting. Though it is not apparent exactly what policy changes such an inventory by Jeh Jonhson would entail, ignoring current immigration laws by way of executive order or orders is certainly at the top of the list of Jeh’s recommendations.
Obama had threatened to use his pen and his phone earlier in the year at his State of the Union Address to bypass Congress. His current executive order amnesty though has been decried by illegal alien activist as being too strict, citing record high deportations.
Apparently they missed Jeh Johnson’s recent congressional testimony where he admitted that the deportation numbers reported by DHS were artificially inflated by the inclusion of border apprehensions. The Obama White House had been claiming a “record number” of deportations trying to make the President look, well Presidential. It backfired when it earned him the nickname “Deporter in Chief,” even though actual interior deportations had declined by 40 percent since 2009.
A response released by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee stated:
It is astonishing that the President would order an ‘enforcement review’ not for the purposes of repairing enforcement but weakening it further. According to ICE’s own published statistics, the vast majority of those removed from the country have been convicted of a crime 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 widely exempt from federal immigration law. And approximately two-thirds of removals last year were in fact not deportations at all but were instead of apprehensions of those interdicted crossing the border.
This lawlessness is a large factor in the decline of wages for Americans, immigrant and native-born, alike. President Obama should demonstrate more concern for struggling American workers of all backgrounds.
ICE’s statistics reveal that a full 82 percent of interior removals in 2013 were convicted criminals. Overall, ICE reported that “98 percent of the agency’s total removals were convicted criminals, recent border crossers, illegal re-entrants or those previously removed by ICE.”
[NOTE: Click here for a detailed timeline of the Administration’s dismantling of immigration enforcement]