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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

“Catch and Release” Mocks Enforcement

Advocates of amnesty continue to push for Congress to legalize the millions of illegal immigrants living in America. When you look at what the Obama administration has already done, it’s hard to see why Congress needs to pass amnesty at all. First was the President’s decision in 2012 to grant legal status to 500,000 young illegals. Now, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows just how far the Obama administration will go to avoid cracking down on illegal immigration. According to this study, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents tried to deport only one-fourth of the illegal immigrants it came in contact with last year. What is more, 68,000 of those illegals that the government refused to deport had criminal records. Immigration agents in Arizona aren’t even punishing illegal immigrants convicted of identity theft. The result of these policies are not surprising: the number of deportations dropped by about 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, and are on track to drop another 10 percent in 2014.

Catch and release makes a mockery of immigration enforcement, but the administration is looking to go still further. President Obama continues to meet with Democrat activists and promises that he will institute more “humane” immigration policies, which means even less attention to enforcing the law. Meanwhile, Vice President Biden told the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that he believes illegal immigrants are already American citizens. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions says that “immigration enforcement in America has collapsed.” When you hear talk of “comprehensive” immigration reform that promises stricter enforcement, remember that the executive branch refuses to enforce the laws that are already on the books. Amnesty would only lock into law what the federal government is doing, and not doing now.

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