The Deportation Lie

Andrew Stiles, National Review, April 19, 2013

It is one of the Obama administration’s favorite talking points on immigration: It has been deporting illegal immigrants in record numbers. That bolsters its credentials on enforcement and supports the argument that, now that we’ve gotten tough on the border, it is time to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

But figures recently unearthed by a federal lawsuit in Texas cast serious doubt on the administration’s deportation claims. The number of deportations appears to have declined significantly during the president’s term in office.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, has analyzed a set of largely unpublished official statistics on immigration-enforcement activity over the past five years. Earlier this month, Vaughan testified in court on behalf of a group of U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents who are suing the administration over its use of “prosecutorial discretion” in dictating how immigration law is enforced—or not enforced. The agents are seeking an injunction against a series of policy directives from ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that were designed to regulate the extent to which ICE officers could initiate deportation proceedings for illegal immigrants in their custody.

In her testimony on April 8, Vaughan noted that, contrary to the administration’s claims, the number of illegal-immigrant removals has dropped 40 percent since June 2011, when ICE director John Morton issued the first of several directives outlining significant changes to the agency’s enforcement policies. “There has been a significant decline in enforcement activity as measured by the number of removals,” Vaughan says.

Deportations specifically of illegal immigrants convicted of a crime—individuals the administration says it has prioritized for removal—are similarly down, almost 40 percent since June 2011, Vaughan found. And that decline has occurred despite a significant increase in the number of illegal immigrants referred to ICE after being arrested for crimes. “There are certainly enough illegal aliens out there, especially enough criminal illegal aliens, that their numbers should be going up, not down,” Vaughan says. “So they appear to be giving a lot of free passes to people who are a public-safety problem, beyond the fact that they are here illegally.”

Removals generated by ICE’s Enforcement and Removals division, which is responsible for interior immigration enforcement, have decreased nearly 50 percent since June 2011. Vaughan says the administration has been inflating its deportation statistics by including a greater number of U.S. Border Patrol cases—illegal immigrants picked up at the border and subsequently referred to ICE—as part of its annual statistics. Border Patrol cases accounted for 56 percent of removals reported in fiscal year 2013, up from 33 percent in 2008. Typically, an individual apprehended at the southern border is simply returned to Mexico without being processed as a deportation by ICE.

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  • WR_the_realist

    This should come as no surprise. Obama has an illegal alien aunt:

    http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/01/another-year-in-the-us-for-auntie-zeituni/

    and an illegal alien uncle:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/obama_illegal_immigrant_uncle_prepares_VznUB3n4EXKGQEdWtAjW8J

    And he favors a massive illegal alien amnesty. So of course his much touted deportation numbers are made up.

    • I think his aunt got political asylum and his uncle, I believe got deferred action for a year or two.

      • Greg Thomas

        Deferred actionis simply a euphemism for delayed legal status that will be granted once the case is out of the spotlight.

    • Alexandra

      I’ve heard that Obama is an illegal alien himself.

  • Anon12

    Who believed this obvious lie in the first place? Obama did not ever deport any 3rd worlder from this country! Only a Euro White if he could find one here illegally, he would happily deport.

    • Puggg

      Who believed this obvious lie in the first place?

      The same AmRen regular who believes everything that’s published in the New York Times

      • The__Bobster

        That’s how he documents his “facts”. That and NPR.

      • Anon12

        Or the Huff-Huff post…JE, right?

    • The__Bobster

      Obongo doesn’t want any future Democrat to leave the country.

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/22/995-of-illegal-immigrants-get-approval-for-legal-s/

      99.5% of illegal immigrants get approval for legal status; high number raises
      concerns about fraud
      By Stephen Dinan
      The Washington Times
      Monday, April 22, 2013

      The administration has approved 99.5 percent of applications of those who have applied for legal status under President Obama’s nondeportation policy for young adults, granting legal status to more than 250,000 formerly illegal immigrants.

      Officials said they expect the approval rate to drop as more cases make their way through the system, as it takes longer to deny an application than to approve it. Indeed, the approval rate already has dropped from 99.8 percent just a month ago.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    “Vaughan says the administration has been inflating its deportation statistics by including a greater number of U.S. Border Patrol cases—illegal immigrants picked up at the border and subsequently referred to ICE—as part of its annual statistics. Border Patrol cases accounted for 56 percent of removals reported in fiscal year 2013, up from 33 percent in 2008. Typically, an individual apprehended at the southern border is simply returned to Mexico without being processed as a deportation by ICE.”

    ====

    Obama admitted as much to a gathering of Latino journalists who believed news reports that Obama was deporting a lot of their tribe:

    “[T]he statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is…apprehending folks at the borders and sending them back. That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or 48 hours.” (“Obama pushes back on immigration policy criticism from Latinos,” WASHINGTON POST

    September 29, 2011, By David Nakamura)

    http://tinyurl.com/dxc5nkn

    • bigone4u

      Wednesday morning Huff Po made Obama’s “cruel” deportations the giant lead story, painting the deportations as excessive and those deported as victims. Interestingly, since that’s a liberal rag, almost all the comments were angry and bitter toward Mexicans. Even some progressives were taking an anti-amnesty stance. Everyone seems able to see through the insanity of amnesty now.

  • guest

    I’ve had the feeling for quite a while that all the “progress” made in deportation is one of two factors:

    1. Deporting visa overstayers from Europe

    2. Issuing deportation orders which are never followed up by physical deportation.

    Those two factors will let Obama talk about how great he is at doing deportations, without removing any potential Democratic voters from the country.

    I read a great post here a while ago about how impossible it is to physically deport someone who doesn’t want to be deported. All the person has to do is to not comply with TSA screeners, and he won’t be allowed to board the flight. Not complying with the TSA is extremely easy – they love to keep people off of airplanes, and they have no desire to deport fellow Democrats. I think they maybe used to use sedatives on deportees, but that’s obviously not legal now.

    I have some solutions. I think there should be immigration detention camps where people are physically held until their deportation cases are resolved. Once those are resolved (and it should be fast) the person could be restrained and placed on a deportation flight, without having to go through a TSA process. If the receiving country doesn’t want to accept the deportee, the deportee could be held indefinitely, or sent into the receiving country involuntarily. This can be done. Israel has done this, and we can do it too. If we don’t do it, we’ll end up with a Greek-style violent civil conflict. I don’t want that.

    Of course forced deportation would not be necessary if we enforced e-verify and gave hefty penalties to anyone employing or harboring an II, including to city officials who create “sanctuary city” policies.

    • I can tell you what happens. When a deportation case becomes public, especially if the deportee is one of the so called “dreamers”. His friends in the illegal alien support network makes calls to Senators and Representatives and ICE and because of public pressure, ICE gives the person one year deferred action when they will revisit the case again.

      • Greg Thomas

        Senators and Representatives who aid and abet illegal invaders should be treated as the criminals they are. When they “revist” any such case, it’s never to deport, but to give them their green card.

        • guest

          Do a search for “private bill” to see a shocking way that they do this:

          As she has regularly since 2003, Feinstein in March re-introduced a so-called private bill on behalf of the Arreola family. It effectively blocks deportation, even without final approval from Congress.

          Private bills, though controversial in some circles, have become a part of Feinstein’s arsenal.

          Feinstein this year has introduced 13 private bills to block deportations, more than any other member of Congress. Her private bills account for one-fifth of the 64 private bills introduced in the entire House and Senate, records show.

          • evilsandmich

            I’m surprised she even has to go that far; does that mean our immigration system isn’t completely broken?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      “Of course forced deportation would not be necessary if we enforced e-verify and gave hefty penalties to anyone employing or harboring an II, including to city officials who create “sanctuary city” policies.”

      This. It is 100% possible to make illegals self-deport. All you have to do is:

      1. Don’t allow them ANY form of welfare or free things from the government. This includes free schooling for their children, something that is often overlooked, as well as free emergency healthcare. Empower hospitals to refuse care to illegals.

      2. Close the anchor baby loophole. The child of two illegals is an illegal. The child of one illegal and one American can be an American, but there will be no dual citizenship.

      3. Place MASSIVE penalties on any company found to be employing illegals. This should include both sky-high fines and jail time for the CEO or owner of the company, as well as the most senior hiring manager. Once the elites actually have to suffer for their misdeeds, they’ll stop very quickly. The fines must also be more than what they’re saving by hiring illegals, which rarely happens now.

      4. Implement mandatory e-verify for every company with any presence in America. Companies found to be evading the use of e-verify will be assumed to be hiring illegals and will be subject to the same penalties in point 3.

      5. Begin instantaneous deportation proceedings for any criminal found to be an illegal alien. If their country does not want them back, send them anyway. There is nothing any country in the world can do about this.

      6. Conduct workplace raids often. They have virtually ceased under the Obama administration. If illegals fear being forcibly deported each day they go to work, they will likely decide life in their home country is less stressful and leave voluntarily.

      7. Require all public K-12 schools in America to use e-verify for every student. Any public school found to be evading the use of e-verify will be assumed to be harboring illegals and will be subject to both jail time for its principal and the loss of all public funding (which will almost always mean the closure of the school). Once liberal teachers and administrators have their jobs on the line, they will comply quickly.

      8. Require any college, public or private, that receives public funds (including through their students’ financial aid) to use mandatory e-verify for every student. Any of them found to be evading e-verify will be subject to the same penalties in point 7.

      9. Begin instantaneous deportation proceedings for any student, child or adult, found to be here illegally. As soon as the parents hear their child is being deported, they will show themselves and be deported alongside the child. If they do not, we will try to find a relative in the home country who will take the child. If none can be found, the child will be released into the custody of their home country’s government.

      10. Confiscate any and all assets, be they cash or property, of any illegal caught in America. If illegals know they could have their paychecks confiscated at any moment, many will decide to go home where they don’t have that to worry about.

      11. Carefully scrutinize all cash transfers from America to other nations, especially Latin American nations. Anyone attempting to transfer money out of the country will have to verify their legal presence here. If illegals can’t send remittances home, floods of them will self-deport.

      In the current political climate, we will probably see none of the above actually happen. But most of these points would be easy to implement and would strike fear into the hearts of illegals. Within a month of complete implementation of my plan, we would see a massive flooding of illegals back over the border to Mexico.

      • David Ashton

        Some good points here to circulate with vigor.

    • Xanthippe2

      On rare occasions illegals, for example “right wing extremists” from Europe who have overstayed their visas (no other criminal activity), ARE put in federal detention centers and deported. I personally know of 2 cases of this.

      No drugging or extreme restraints are needed, just handcuffs and an U.S. Marshall with a gun. A few Marshalls suitably armed could be at the airport and in the plane and help a whole airplane load of the more usual type of illegal back to their home countries. Quite cheap considering the drain these folks are on our society.

  • Secret Tribunal

    Reporting on FedGov’s pro Diversity lies is a racist Hate Crime.

  • bigone4u

    His Liar in Chief: Is anyone foolish enough to believe another of his lies–that the economy is picking up and humming along. Is anyone foolish enough to believe that amnesty would be limited to 11 million mostly Mexicans. How about that the border will be secured. Or that gun grabbing isn’t on his agenda.

    How can you tell Obama is lying? His lips are moving.

    • JohnEngelman

      When trying to find out where the truth lies on a complex and controversial issue any appeal to emotion should incline us to believe the other side of the issue.

      • bigone4u

        The problem with relying on government data is it’s often faked. Remember the test scores in Atlanta? FAKE. Academics do this all the time, so my professorial past comes back to make me a skeptic.

        • JohnEngelman

          What happened in Atlanta was discovered and it is being prosecuted. When the FBI says that the rate of violent crime has been declining since 1991 I am confident that it is true.

          http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

          • David Ashton

            What about FBI reports on Oriental transnational crime growth?

          • JohnEngelman

            I have never said that Orientals are never criminals. This is what I think matters:

            Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
            http://www.colorofcrime.com/colorofcrime2005.html

            and this:

            For the past twenty years I have studied race differences in brain size, intelligence sexuality, personalty, growth rate, Life span, crime, and family stability On all of these traits. Orientals fall at one end of the spectrum. Blacks fall at the other end, and Whites fall in between.
            http://archive.org/stream/RaceEvolutionBehaviorabidgedVersion/REB_djvu.txt

          • Anon12

            More lies from the Asian defender…..Asians are CHEATS and FRAUDSTERS of our government. They are as anti-White as you are.

          • Anon12

            Sure it is. socialist troll

  • David Ashton

    Most important to expose this Hocus Potus at every opportunity.

  • Dogbone

    “Administration cooks the books to give the impression it is tough on illegals.”

    I was wondering why the soup tasted funny.

  • LHathaway

    judicial discretion, another opening where whites need not apply, in this case, white SAfricans

  • JohnEngelman

    Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, has analyzed a set of largely unpublished official statistics on immigration-enforcement activity over the past five years…

    In her testimony on April 8, Vaughan noted that, contrary to the administration’s claims, the number of illegal-immigrant removals has dropped 40 percent since June 2011

    – Andrew Stiles, National Review, April 19, 2013

    ———-

    The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is a conservative, non-profit research organization that advocates immigration reduction in the United States.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Immigration_Studies

    ———-

    The fact that the Center for Immigration Studies is an advocacy organization does not necessarily mean that Jessica Vaughan’s findings are misleading. It should engender skepticism, however.

    On any complex controversial topic that arouses strong emotions we should distrust what we want to believe.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Obama is a slick liar. Master at telling big lies by clever arrangement of facts. He’s a bad one…

  • Fredrik_H

    It is the same here. The swedish media and the government work in tandem to “prove” to the general public that we have too harsh immigration laws, while in fact we have one of the most, if not the most lenient immigration policies of the western world.

    The media run the sob stories, the polticians look concerned and say things like: “It looks like we need to go over some of these laws, this is not how we intended this or that law to work”.

    Rince and repeat and flush the swedes down the drain.

    • Anon12

      Swedes need to wake up just as White Americans need to. Many Swedes in our country are so liberal, they are into race mixing and all the other anything goes mentality that is prevalent in our country just as it is in yours.

  • ATBOTL

    NR seems to be giving equal space to pro and anti-amnesty writers now. “The Editors” have stated they have no objection to legalizing most illegals, only quibbling about some details.

  • Paleoconn

    I’d like to see the stats on deportation by country of origin. I think Obama may be doing a fine job deporting large Christian German families for instance, particularly those who shun the gummint teat, who homeschool their kids, who obey the law, basically those who have their act together.

  • DavidR

    You all are idiots!

  • James

    While the current administration mis-directs us to the “illegal” immigrant problem, they are failing to address the “legal” immigrant (green cards, visas, etc) problems and the lack of this administration’s action on those whom they have “documented”.

    My ex came in on student visa yet never went to
    school and worked illegally for three years (student visa fraud). Got green
    card by not mentioning her first arrest for theft (material misrepresentation). Failed to mention it again when conditions
    were removed. Has acquired four additional theft convictions (crimes of moral
    turpitude). Denied citizenship 2 years ago but continues to reside in US and
    break our laws. Unfortunately I found this all out after the fact. It’s ICE
    that needs reform not the immigration laws.

  • SteamingpileofObama

    Go figure the Marxist is lying. Anybody with half a brain knew those numbers were phony from the get go. The Marxist would not let states pick up the illegal scum. He has told the BP and INS not to pick up those low life illegals. State and city police do not pick up the illegal invaders. So if you have even a single digit IQ, you could plainly see if you are not picking them up then how can you deport them? This is just another reason to try Obama for treason. He took an oath to up hold and defend the constitution. Which he is not doing and he lies to the American public about upholding the laws of which he is not. Try, convict, then hang the POS.