Obama’s Halt on Deportations Already Under Way

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, July 2, 2012

Federal immigration authorities have begun granting tentative legal status to illegal immigrants under President Obama’s deportation halt—and in some cases are even ignoring the administration’s eligibility rules to stop deportations for those who shouldn’t qualify, according to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said he’s learned some illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. less than five years have had their deportations canceled, even though Mr. Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano had listed the five-year mark as one of their criteria.

Mr. Smith also obtained documents laying out how U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) officers should actively search for illegal immigrants who are “apparently eligible” to have their cases dropped. Those illegal immigrants then would be granted tentative status.

“President Obama is granting amnesty to illegal immigrants behind Americans’ backs,” Mr. Smith said. “Although administration officials told congressional offices that it would take 60 days to implement the president’s amnesty plan, internal ICE documents show that illegal immigrants have already benefited from it, even though there are no standards in place.”


Last month, Mr. Obama and Ms. Napolitano said they would unilaterally halt deportations for illegal immigrants who would have qualified for the Dream Act—legislation that never passed Congress but would have granted a path to citizenship to many illegal immigrants age 30 and younger.


Those granted a stay of deportation are given permission to work in the U.S.—which could lead to hundreds of thousands of new, legal workers entering the economy.


{snip} They [critics] also wonder what proof ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers will ask for. The ICE guidance Mr. Smith obtained doesn’t lay out any standards for those documents, and he said that’s an invitation to fraud.

He also said he has learned ICE has halted deportations for illegal immigrants the agency knows have been in the U.S. for fewer than five years.

“Amnesty has been granted to those who have been here for a shorter or even unknown period of time,” Mr. Smith said.

Ms. [Gillian] Christensen, the ICE spokeswoman, said the agency has broad authority to halt deportations on a case-by-case basis, even when illegal immigrants fall short of the new standards, especially in “humanitarian” cases in which the people in question were brought to the U.S. as children.

“As part of ICE’s overall effort to focus the immigration system on public safety threats, border security and public safety, and in keeping with the spirit of the secretary’s memorandum, deferred action has been granted on a case-by-case basis to some individuals whose cases may differ from the specific criteria set forth in the memorandum,” Ms. Christensen said.

As for documents, she said ICE officers are already trained in what documents to ask for and how to evaluate them as part of their jobs. Acceptable documents they can request include passports, visas, school or medical records, and leases, she said.

Deciding who stays

Part of Mr. Obama’s dilemma on immigration is that Ms. Napolitano has said the U.S. has the resources to deport about 400,000 illegal immigrants a year, which means it has to live up to that level.

The president has tried to focus deportation efforts on Illegal immigrants with criminal records and had made progress in his first two years in office. But the latest statistics showed backsliding this year.

In fiscal year 2012, which began Oct. 1, about 49 percent of all illegal immigrants deported didn’t have criminal records. That’s up from about 44 percent last year—and the change had immigrant-rights advocates furious.

ICE said it’s trying to focus its priorities, and said even though criminal deportations are down slightly, most of the noncriminals are still important targets for deportation.

Of the more than 143,000 noncriminal illegal immigrants removed from Oct. 1 to June 23, nearly half had repeatedly violated immigration rules, and more than 49,000 others were recent entrants who were removed at the border.

A little fewer than 5,000 illegal immigrants, or less than 2 percent of the total, were rank-and-file illegal immigrants who didn’t fall into any of the administration’s target categories.

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  • MekongDelta69

    Only Mexican Illegal aliens. They’ve had no problem deporting the few Europeans they’ve found. And they certainly do their very best to keep (legal white) Europeans out in the first place.

    You can thank Teddy Kennedy for the Immigration Act of 1965 for that. What was ridiculous is he said at the time that the Act would not change the demographics of America. Mary Jo Kopechne believed him and jumped in his car 4 years later…

  • Unfortunately, amnesty via non-enforcement of immigration law has been de facto Federal government policy for a very long time.  Obama’s not doing anything that all the other Presidents since LBJ have done, only Obama is dumb enough to declare he’s doing it in public.

  • Anan7

    I get FURIOUS when I read this.  My blood boils because there is NOTHING I can do about this.

    Worse still, the majority of Whites in this country are only cheering their own destruction.

    •  The majority of whites in this country DO NOT favor illegal mexican/hispanic invaders.  In fact I think it is the ONE thing (politically) that we can use to UNITE the white race.

    • The__Bobster


      Poll Exposes Elite-Public Clash On Immigration
      By Sam Francis on October 24, 2002 at 1:00am

      In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist atrocities by 19 legal immigrants to this country, childishly naive observers such as I actually believed that at last the American ruling class would get the message—that it’s not a terribly good idea to let millions of immigrants traipse into your country without at least knowing who they are, why they’re here, where they’re going to be, and what they plan to do.

      Alas, a large bucket of cold reality has been splashed into my face, and I now know better.

      This particular bucket of reality consists of a poll conducted last summer by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations about several different subjects, including immigration and the extent to which it is seen as a threat to the country. Such polls are common, and they almost always show that large majorities of Americans favor reducing immigration. So does this one.

      But what’s unusual about this poll is that it divides up the responses according to whether the answers were given by “the public” (ordinary people like you and me) or the “leaders”—that is, the people to whom I refer as the “ruling class,” which consists of the following categories: members of Congress and their top staffers, top-level executives of federal government agencies, corporate CEO’s, union presidents, religious leaders, college presidents and faculty, presidents of think tanks and foundations, and editors, columnists, and television commentators.

      • Anan7

         Thanks for that, it’s good to know that there is some sanity left in this crazy world.

        My father thinks that it is “strategic” to vote for Romney who thinks 100% amnesty is A-OK.

    • They keep tweaking the polls to make it look like Americans want these invaders. If you look at the older polls (early 2000’s) most black and white Americans don’t want all this immigration. The more recent polls show more support, but they are either doing the polls at college campuses or specifically targeting Mexican-Americans to inflate the approval.

  • I hate to say it but do I smell potential voter fraud as these newly legal workers decided to register to vote. The only good thing is that these documents are only good for two years and have to be renewed.

    • Major

      Really? We’ve got illegals who’ve overstayed their “temporary” visas for 20 years…including Obummers aunt and an uncle? So you think these flotsam will happily line up at the nearest ICE office to renew?


      • But if they are working at a legal job, they are going to have to produce valid Employment Authorization to continue to work for their employer. Obama’s Aunt and Uncle overstayed tourist visas, which is not the same thing as employment authorization. These  folks are going to have to apply for Employment Authorization and the Driver licenses they get will expire on the date that the work permit does. Their SSCard will be stamped for work purposes only. Which means that they do not qualify for any benefits under Social Security.

    • Southern__Hoosier

       Why do you hate to say it?

  • ageofknowledge

    This is ridiculous in a depression.

    • Anan7

       Depression or  not, it’s gravely immoral to let them in here.

  • Southern__Hoosier

     I agree. One day I would like to vote in a candidate I really believe in and not just vote for the lesser of two evils.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    I think they quit deporting illegals  because they run out of absentee ballots to give them.

  • Southern__Hoosier

     I wonder what Macaulay would say about the sorry state England is in today?

  • MartelC

    What’s worse georgeoo- i think it’s worse vote for Romeny then have him betray us as McCain did, and believe me, he will.

    The worst thing that can happen, at this point, is continuing to elect politicians who make promises then go out of their way to break those promises – this is not by accident, it’s by design. They know they can lie and get away with it. 

    Look how many times McCain was able to do it. 

  • The__Bobster


    Obama Amnesty Is Off to a Fast Start
    By Brenda Walker on July 4, 2012 at 2:24pm

    The President hasn’t lost any time in getting his no-deport program up and running. After all, the election is just 125 days off and Obama has some serious hispandering to accomplish in order to make up for not passing a comprehensive amnesty for millions of future Democrats.

    But if any Americans think that the foreigners will be satisfied with their little work permits and assurance they won’t be booted out, forget about it. They don’t care to become Americans culturally, but they do want open borders for all the relatives and maximum free stuff — all benefits and no responsibility, in other words.

    In San Antonio, for example, the foreigners are set to march around on Independence Day to make further demands. They certainly know how to be annoying by using an American patriotic holiday to clamor for their unworthy desires. The July 4th demand-o-fest is just the beginning of a series of such events, one of which is a September 15 march on Lincoln Memorial to demand the whole enchilada.

    Below, possible beneficiaries of Obama’s slightly limited amnesty.


  • MissBonnie123

    I truly believe that one day the Mexicans will steal from us the southwest and California.

    Our people had better start thinking of a White homeland.

    •  They won’t need to “steal” it, they’ll take it through demographic attrition.

      Did Africa “steal” ESL?