Obama’s Immigration Directive: Only Deport Illegals Who Commit Other Crimes

Obama’s Immigration Directive: Only Deport Illegals Who Commit Other Crimes

Why do immigration officials routinely release those caught residing illegally in the United States? It’s largely due to a little known 2012  DHS directive that has totally changed the enforcement of immigration laws, in effect shielding most illegal immigrants if they haven’t committed other crimes besides violating the nation’s border security.

Data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), reviewed by the office of Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), indicate that the “DHS has blocked the enforcement of immigration law for the overwhelming majority of violations — and is planning to widen that amnesty even further.”

A DHS directive from December 21, 2012, decreed that ICE agents could act against illegal immigrants only in limited circumstances — mainly if an illegal immigrant was previously charged with a serious crime or was physically caught crossing the border.

The effect, according to Sessions’s office, has been that many habitual immigration violators and the vast majority of illegal immigrants in the United States face no threat of deportation. “The Administration’s priorities,” Session’s writes, “have therefore provided an executive amnesty not only to the great majority of the 12 million living her illegally today . . . but to those who will violate immigration law tomorrow. It is an open invitation for a future immigrant to overstay a visa, or enter the U.S. illegally, knowing that they will be immune from enforcement as long as they avoid being convicted of a felony or other serious crime once here.”

In Texas, for example, ICE routinely releases immigrants who are not considered a threat to safety. In 2011, an ICE officer was reportedly told that he would face disciplinary action for attempting to issue a Notice to Appear to an illegal immigrant. “Instances like these are not the exception, but the rule,” Session writes. “DHS has decided that the Administration’s ‘priorities’ trump the immigration laws passed by Congress.”

The results of this directive can be seen in an ICE report on 2013 removals, which details that 98 percent of the removals were of “convicted criminals, recent border crossers, illegal re-entrants or those previously removed by ICE, in line with agency’s enforcement priorities.”

Is it a good idea to work to fast-track deportations of those who commit serious, violent crimes? Sure! But that should not mean ignoring the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants by not enforcing existing laws. If  Obama wants to change the law of the land, there is a procedure for that and it’s not supposed to involve just the president, his pen, and his phone.


Source: National Review

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