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Until President Obama carries out his responsibility to enforce existing immigration laws, conservatives in the House have no reason to trust him with any changes. A top Heritage Foundation policy expert says in an interview about amnesty for illegal immigrants.
“The Constitution invests him with the authority to enforce the laws, and that is really where the immigration problem is breaking down right now. We need to see that the president is serious about enforcing the law before we can take any of these other measures,” Derrick Morgan, Heritage’s vice president for domestic and economic policy.
Obama has not been “a true partner” in the challenges of securing the border, toughening workplace enforcement, and improving the system of legal immigration. What is certain is that the president continues to show only up too…a point with security, enforcement, and at the very least improving the entire immigration system.
Until the untruths stop, as well as misinformation on deportations, and the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) somehow either made workable, or dropped altogether, who in their right mind could possibly trust this president at his word. The situation remains that the Republican Party has been there to negotiate and debate the various issues.
However, can one imagine the frustration of nonsensical “bipartisan” means of reform pursuant to The Gang of Eight? Moreover, take one look at the way Senator Harry Reid runs the Senate. Would anyone of you or especially I have any comfort whatsoever trying to arrange even a sit-down session for discussion? In all openness it is the behavior of the Democrat Party and their unwillingness to at least communicate where the entire process breaks down.
Couple that with an admittedly Constitution-breaking rule of law as demonstrated by President Obama on numerous occasions and still has the audacity to espouse in the State of the Union address that he still has a phone and a pen implying that Executive Orders will be used unless the two Houses of Congress “bring me something.” He still is skirting due-process in under-handing Congress which indelibly shows his true self the person who ignores separation of powers, as well as utilizing checks and balances.
As reported yesterday, the Obama Administration drastically inflated statistics to show that it has deported a record-high number of illegal immigrants with criminal records, according to federal data obtained by a nonprofit university group dedicated to researching the government.
The new documents reveal that the figure is actually at an all-time low and rapidly decreasing, leaving the Obama Administration with egg on its face just weeks after bragging about removing an unprecedented number of criminal aliens. In mid-October, Obama’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director jubilantly announced that nearly 55% of the record 396,906 illegal immigrants deported in fiscal year 2011 were convicted of felonies or crimes.
The real figure is less than 15%, according to federal records obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data research center that provides detailed information about the operation of hundreds of government agencies. The number of deported criminal aliens has been declining steadily throughout the past year, the TRAC analysis found, even though fiscal year 2010 had an already low level of 16.5%.
In the first quarter of the fiscal year (October – December 2010) 15.8 percent of deported illegal immigrants were charged with engaging in criminal activity, 15.1 percent during the second quarter (January – March 2011), 14.9 percent during the third quarter (April – June 2011), and finally 13.8 percent during the fourth quarter (July – September 2011). The average rate across the four quarters for FY 2011 was 14.9 percent, according to records obtained from the government through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
This certainly contradicts the administration’s claims that it is focusing on removing criminals while it grants backdoor amnesty to otherwise “law-abiding” foreigners living in the U.S. illegally. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) even issued new guidelines ordering immigration agents to prioritize deporting convicted criminals and those who pose public safety and national security threats. (Read more of statistics)
Just sharing here the Republican Party is not squeamish is showing their non-reciprocated attempts of assisting illegal immigrants:
1. Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA), 1986: A blanket amnesty for some 2.7 million illegal aliens
2. Section 245(i) Amnesty, 1994: A temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens
3. Section 245(i) Extension Amnesty, 1997: An extension of the rolling amnesty created in 1994
4. Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Amnesty, 1997: An amnesty for close to one million illegal aliens from Central America
5. Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act Amnesty (HRIFA), 1998: An amnesty for 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti
6. Late Amnesty, 2000: An amnesty for some illegal aliens who claim they should have been amnestied under the 1986 IRCA amnesty, an estimated 400,000 illegal aliens
7. LIFE Act Amnesty, 2000: A reinstatement of the rolling Section 245(i) amnesty, an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens.