Administration Names Official Advocate for Illegal Immigrants

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, February 7, 2012

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new “public advocate” charged with listening to immigrants’ concerns about its law enforcement policies—but Republicans said the position amounts to an official mouthpiece for illegal immigrants being deported.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the advocate will “serve as a point of contact for individuals, including those in immigration proceedings, NGOs and other community and advocacy groups, who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise.”

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But Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that meant elevating the concerns of illegal immigrants.

“It’s outrageous that the Obama administration has appointed a taxpayer-funded activist for illegal and criminal immigrants who are detained or ordered deported. The administration all too often acts more like a lobbying firm for illegal immigrants than as an advocate for the American people,” Mr. Smith, Texas Republican, said.

Mr. Smith said that when Congress created the Homeland Security Department, it specifically created an advocate’s position for those in the legal immigration process, but it declined to create one for illegal immigrants, who the courts have regularly ruled are not entitled to the same protections as citizens and legal residents.

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  • Anonymous

    Lets call them what they are; Illegal Aliens. Once we get rid of our Socialist-in-Chief and all of his socialist and muslim brothers, we can get rid of  these type of appointees and while we are at it, all of the illegal aliens.

  • Virtually every person in this administration is an “advocate” for illegal invaders. They have top level appointees in Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court and Hilda Solis running the Labor Department, not to mention the president himself! How many family member does he have squatting here illegally…that we know of!

    How many more illegal invader “advocates” do they need!! This administration is the biggest joke I have ever seen! This MARXIST regime is intent on destroying this country via massive third-world illegal immigration. How much more of this are we expected to tolerate!

  • Anonymous

    The illegals involved in deportation hearings already have advocates. The United States of America provides them with legal council; illegal aliens don’t need a top level “official” advocate to boot.

  • Anonymous

    Why haven’t the illegals been expelled yet?

    We need to destroy the incentives for them to come here.  Abolish welfare, or make it extremely difficult and burdensome to get it.  Abolish the income tax too.

    Bring the troops home from South Korea, Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, Australia, Kuwait, Guantanamo Bay, etc., and use them to seal the border with Mexico.

    You can’t have a first world country when its filled with 3rd world people.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t Obama already the biggest advocate illegal immigrants could possibly have?

  • Anonymous

    Almost everything Obama does these days is related to his attempt to get reelected.  He will do and say  almost anything to get reelected.  The Hispantic voting block is important in this regard and Obama knows it. Obama is a master at using taxpayer money to buy votes.

  • Anonymous

    Good points.  I’m wondering if Mr. Smith is going to threaten legal action or just complain to the media.  There’s talking, and then there’s doing.  He was represented to uphold the will of his people, and the good folks down in Texas cannot be too happy with Obama right now.

  • Anonymous

    But he won’t look into the immigrant networks in the SouthWest that only hire other illegal immigrants and forbid any non-Spanish speaking American citizen to work in the jobs they have control over right?