"Big Sis" one
claims that in fiscal year 2010, ending Sept. 30,
the Obama administration set a record for deportations
of illegal aliens, 393,000, breaking the old record of
389,000 in 2009.
The 2010 deportations represent an
increase of 81,000 over the number in George W. Bush`s
final full year in office.
More important, half of the
deportees, 195,772, had criminal arrests. Of these,
one-third had committed serious felonies such as
rape and major
drug offenses. If these figures are precise,
Napolitano`s Department of Homeland Security ran the
equivalent of five
divisions of criminal aliens out of the United
In making deportation decisions, said Napolitano, we
"removing those who pose public safety threats to our
communities." [Deportations From U.S. Hit a Record High, By Julia Preston,
New York Times,
October 6, 2010]
Not only is this a fine record
compared with the Bush administration, Napolitano`s
priorities, criminals out first, are what immigration
reformers have demanded for decades.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
audited 2,200 businesses to check for illegal
immigrants. Criminal charges were brought against 180
Yet, the report on Napolitano`s
press conference was buried in
The New York
Times, which raises a question. Why has the White
House not itself been boasting about this record? For
this crackdown, of which Hispanic communities are surely
aware, seems not to have dented Barack Obama`s
popularity in the
The Democrats` problem among
Hispanics is apathy.
From a new Pew poll of Hispanics,
The Washington Post
"There is good news and bad news for Democrats. …
Latinos support the party, but about half
of those questioned say they might
not show up at the pollson
As political analyst
Sailer, who looked deeper into the Pew poll,
"Actually the Pew
are even worse
for the Democrats. … Of 1,375 Hispanic adults
interviewed, only 44 percent claimed to be registered
voters. And only about half of those said they were
certain to vote. And
while rather thin
on the ground, are more fired up to vote … than are
Democratic Latinos." [What GOP Should Say To Hispanics: "Vote Like Americans!",
VDARE.com, October 10, 2010]
This replicated Census Bureau data
from the McCain-Obama election. While Hispanics were
about 15 percent of the population, they cast only 7.4
percent of the ballots.
McCain`s record these past three years makes the
point: Pandering to Hispanics on illegal immigration is
no automatic winner for the GOP among Hispanics, and a
tough line against illegal aliens is no automatic loser.
Even Democrats are catching on.
In the gubernatorial race in New
most Hispanicized state in the union, Democratic Lt.
Gov. Diane Denish has promised to
deny driver`s licenses to illegals. Her Republican
opponent, Susana Martinez, goes her one better. She will
take away driver`s licenses from illegal aliens who now
have them. Martinez is running ahead and likely to be
the first elected Latina governor in U.S. history.
Looking further into the Pew poll,
Sailer found that of the seven issues of greatest
concern to Hispanics, immigration ranked just fifth,
barely ahead of the environment. Fewer than one in three
Hispanics named immigration as extremely or very
The issues of greatest concern to
Hispanics are education (58 percent), jobs (54 percent),
health care (51 percent) and the budget deficit (35
With the exception of an intense
concern over the crisis in public education affecting
their children, Latinos share the concerns of other
Americans. Perhaps it is time we began to treat these as
our fellow Americans, rather than doing the
cross-dressing as La Raza Republicans.
Our immigration crisis is not an
insoluble problem, if we have the will to resolve it.
Not only has Homeland Security deported 780,000 illegal
aliens in two years, an estimated 1 million have
departed due to the Great Recession and an absence
Yet, with 8 million U.S. jobs still
held by illegal aliens,
15 million Americans out of work and another 10
million seeking work or having given up, the needed
steps are simple, if not easy.
danged fence" on the border. Second, accelerate
the deportations. Third, step up the audits and raids on
scofflaw businesses that hire illegals. Fourth, enact a
law in the new Congress denying automatic citizenship to
babies born to parents who are in our country illegally,
and dare President Obama to veto it.
Send the illegals back home, and
send the Americans back to work.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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