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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Terminology Hides Immigration Truth

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is sounding the alarm on the dangers of President Obama’s immigration policy. The Obama Administration likes to use terms like “deferred action,” “enforcement priorities,” and “executive action.” Many people do not know what these words really mean. “Deferred action” is another way of saying amnesty. “Enforcement priorities” means they release the illegals that they catch. The American people should not be confused by this flowery political language. The fact remains that the Obama Administration tells Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release most of the illegal aliens that they catch. It is even more appalling that many of the released illegal aliens commit crimes against American citizens. Congressman Goodlatte points out that “at least 95 percent of convicted criminal aliens known to the Department of Homeland Security are not detained.”

That figure alone should be enough to make it clear to anyone that the Obama Administration is making a serious mistake on this vital issue. That means thousands of criminal aliens are being released onto American streets where they commit crimes against American citizens. Goodlatte pointed to 473 homicide-related offenses, 375 kidnappings, and 890 sexual assaults to prove his point. This is a major problem that must be dealt with to ensure the safety of the American people.

Most Americans agree that illegal aliens with violent criminal records should be deported so they are nowhere near our families and loved ones. They have no right to be in America when they show such flagrant disregard for the laws of our country. The Obama Administration should not hide behind flowery language like “deferred action” and “enforcement priorities.” Deporting illegal aliens who have committed violent crimes against American citizens should be our government’s top priority.

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