ICE Cooking The Books?

Copyright © 2011 Vanguard of Freedom

The Obama administration is stretching its figures on the numbers of illegal immigration deportations to make it look like they are enforcing immigration laws, while covertly supporting and carrying out defacto amnesty for illegal aliens.

That’s according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas, who said yesterday, “The Obama administration continues to inflate its deportation numbers. The administration includes voluntary removals in its deportation statistics even though they impose no penalties on the offenders and make it easier for illegal immigrants to return to the U.S. In other words, the Obama administration is cooking the books to make it look like they are enforcing immigration laws, when in reality they are enacting amnesty through inaction.”

Smith’ comments come on the heels of statistics released earlier this week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which show that it deported more immigrants during the 2011 fiscal year than it did in any year since the agency’s 2003 inception. According to I.C.E. the total includes more than 216,700 people convicted of felonies and misdemeanors.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced the agency’s fiscal year 2011 year-end removal numbers, highlighting trends that underscore the administration’s focus on removing individuals from the country that fall into priority areas for enforcement. These priorities, according to Morton, include the identification and removal of those that have broken criminal laws, threats to national security, recent border crossers, repeat violators of immigration law and immigration court fugitives, a statement from ICE said yesterday.

“These year-end totals indicate that we are making progress, with more convicted criminals, recent border crossers, egregious immigration law violators and immigration fugitives being removed from the country than ever before. Though we still have work to do, this progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of thousands of ICE agents, officers and attorneys around the country,” Morton said.

ICE statistics claim that it removed 396,906 individuals — the largest number in the agency’s history. Of these, the agency claims, nearly 55 percent or 216,698 of the people removed, were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors — an 89 percent increase in the removal of criminals since FY 2008. According to ICE this includes 1,119 aliens convicted of homicide; 5,848 aliens convicted of sexual offenses; 44,653 aliens convicted of drug related crimes; and 35,927 aliens convicted of driving under the influence. ICE claims it achieved similar results with regard to other categories prioritized for removal. Ninety percent of all ICE’s removals, it says, fell into a priority category and more than two-thirds of the other removals in 2011 were either recent border crossers or repeat immigration violators.

Congressman Smith however contests the ICE figures. “Under this administration, worksite enforcement has dropped 70%, making it easier for illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S. And DHS recently established a working group with the specific purpose of overruling or preventing orders of removal for illegal immigrants. Even President Obama admitted to Hispanic voters that his administration’s deportation numbers are ‘deceptive’.”

Smith’s comments came just short of accusing the Obama administration of lying, stating that Obama’s ICE statistics amount to “cooking the books on Immigration Enforcement.”

“It’s disappointing that the Obama administration continues to put illegal immigrants before the American people. Fourteen million Americans are currently looking for work. Meanwhile seven million illegal immigrants have jobs in the U.S. We could free up millions of jobs for citizens and legal immigrants if we simply enforced our immigration laws. The President’s policies just don’t add up. It’s time to elect a President that puts the American people first by enforcing our immigration laws,” said Smith.

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