Senator Sessions Condemns Administration’s Further Weakening of immigration Enforcement

The press is full of stories about open-borders pests demanding more “humane deportations” (code for saying they want NO repatriations). The President appears amenable to going further. He used the occasion of an early St Patrick’s Day event to remark, “There’s no reason why we can’t do for this generation of immigrants what was done for a previous generation, to give them that chance.”


Of course, Irish immigrants (most of them at least historically) have come to America lawfully, but the President acts like illegal aliens’ lawbreaking entrance is the same as how many citizens’ ancestors came to this country.

Such an attitude of lawlessness at the top of our government presents a danger to all Americans from terrorists and criminals. Of course rewarding lawbreaking foreigners with work permits and protecting them from deportation is an insult to all legal immigrants who have spent thousands of dollars and dealt with lawyers to do it the right way.

Senator Jeff Sessions remains the tireless defender of law enforcement and sovereignty, firing off a statement on Friday criticizing the weakening of immigration enforcement. Of particular interest was his link to a 16-page heavily detailed list of actions taken to disassemble the system: Timeline: How The Obama Administration Bypassed Congress To Dismantle Immigration Enforcement.

Here’s the Sessions press release:

Sessions Responds to President’s Immigration Announcement, False Deportation Statistics, March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today after the President requested a review of the Administration’s immigration enforcement policies for the purpose of further relaxing enforcement standards:

“It is astonishing that the President would order an ‘enforcement review’ not for the purposes of repairing enforcement but weakening it further. According to ICE’s own published statistics, the vast majority of those removed from the country have been convicted of a crime or involved with a serious crime. Illegal immigrants in the U.S. who don’t meet the Administration’s ‘priorities’—even if they come into contact with immigration enforcement—are widely exempt from federal immigration law. And approximately two-thirds of removals last year were in fact not deportations at all but were instead of apprehensions of those interdicted crossing the border. This lawlessness is a large factor in the decline of wages for Americans, immigrant and native-born, alike. President Obama should demonstrate more concern for struggling American workers of all backgrounds. Indeed, in addition to decimating current immigration law, he is pushing to double the number of foreign guest workers who companies bring in to take jobs.

This latest action further demonstrates that the Administration cannot be trusted to enforce any immigration plan from Congress. Congressional Democrats, who have helped empower this state of illegality, must be held to account for their actions.” 

BACKGROUND:
In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted this week that the Obama Administration’s deportation statistics are vastly inflated: more than half of the claimed deportations are actually individuals who are apprehended in the process of trying to cross the border and thus are not in fact deportations at all, and should not be counted as such. In 2013, roughly two-thirds of removals fell into this category and were not deportations.

Furthermore, ICE’s statistics reveal that a full 82 percent of interior removals in 2013 were convicted criminals. Overall, ICE reported that “98 percent of the agency’s total removals were convicted criminals, recent border crossers, illegal re-entrants or those previously removed by ICE.” In other words, virtually all of those removed had serious red flags. As a corollary, it also means that the Administration does not regard illegal immigrants working in the United States to be a sufficient condition for immigration enforcement.

[NOTE: Click here for a detailed timeline of the Administration`s dismantling of immigration enforcement]