The consequences of the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty in all its manifestations is coming home to roost. Deportations have collapsed, not only of illegal aliens, but criminal aliens as well, and that collapse is being hidden from the public by manipulation of U. S. Border Patrol arrests, as was predicted by this blog. (h/t Immigration Reform Blog)
First, the back story. With numbers of deportations falling, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) was tasked with increasing its quota of deportations in the second half of the fiscal year 2012. ICE ERO is the other half of ICE, the other half was once known as Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) but has since become the sex police or Special Victims Unit (SVU), concentrating on rousting American Johns, child porn aficionados and other sex related crimes, with a few drug cases poached from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
ICE ERO is staffed by Immigration Enforcement Agents (IEAs) and Deportation Officers (DOs). Their responsibility is two fold, manage the aliens in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and search out and find aliens who have failed to leave after deportation (absconders) and search out and find criminal aliens, most of whom are in jails or prison. ERO maintains to major teams, Fugitive Operations Teams, commonly called Fug Ops, and Criminal Alien Program teams, called CAP teams. Fug Ops works criminals released by Federal, State and local agencies at the completion of their sentences, aliens ordered removed or who agreed to leave voluntarily but did not, and those who re-entered the United States after a previous removal. Technically, the term used is not deportation but removal. CAP teams scour prisons and jails for currently held aliens and maintains custody of the alien, theoretically, until the alien is removed.
Now the money shot from the usual baby waiving liberal media:
USA Today February 17, 2013 by Brad Heath
WASHINGTON — U.S. immigration officials laid out plans last year that would ratchet up expulsions of immigrants convicted of minor crimes as part of an urgent push to make sure the government would not fall short of its criminal deportation targets, new records obtained by USA TODAY show. Among those new tactics — detailed in interviews and internal e-mails — were trolling state driver's license records for information about foreign-born applicants, dispatching U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to traffic safety checkpoints conducted by police departments, and processing more illegal immigrants who had been booked into jails for low-level offenses. Records show ICE officials in Washington approved some of those steps.
The push came after senior ICE officials in Washington warned its regional enforcement chiefs that criminal deportations had fallen from the year before and instructed them to get the numbers back up. "The only performance measure that will count this fiscal year is the criminal alien removal target," David Venturella, who then supervised ICE's field offices, said in April in an e-mail to agents in Atlanta.
Of course, no immigration story is complete without lies from the left, and in this case we get lies from the Treason Bar as well:
President Obama's administration has made deporting convicted criminals a central feature of its immigration policy, while also saying it would halt some efforts to remove low-priority immigrants who pose little risk to public safety. Immigration advocates who have largely supported the administration said ICE's urgent effort to boost deportations last year suggested the agency had veered from that approach.
"If this is what ICE is currently doing, it's very problematic," said Gregory Chen, the director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Chen said such tactics contradict immigration officials' public pledges to streamline enforcement by focusing on dangerous criminals and show that the agency instead sought to "increase its criminal alien numbers by pursuing people with minor offenses like traffic violations."
What we have is not the Regime straying from its administrative amnesty, but a Regime caught up in it's Big Lie; that it is enforcing immigration is a smart and targeted manner. The Regime decided early on to administratively amnesty all illegal aliens except criminal aliens. It had a problem, there are not just that many criminal aliens here. Most criminal aliens, meaning an alien who has been arrested for or convicted of a crime. Most are not even illegal aliens, but legal permanent residents (LPRs) who have been either convicted of a crime. The radical left though wants amnesty for all aliens, including criminally convicted LPRs. The Regime is having difficulty managing its radical base and maintaining the big lie for the public of smart and criminally targeted immigration enforcement. As a Supervisory Deportation Officer told me recently, fugitives are much harder to find than regular illegal aliens, as fugitives have the experience and motivation to stay hidden, while other classifications of illegal aliens mostly just want to live a normal life of either work or welfare dependency. Those illegals are much easier to find. They hide in plain sight. They go to workplaces, have an address on file with the IRS or Social Security, or have regular contact with the welfare state where they must maintain a real address. Those illegal aliens are very easy to find. You can't swing a dead cat in California without hitting an illegal alien. But an alien with criminal experience or who has been ordered deported knows someone is looking for them and behaves accordingly.
Therefore the low hanging fruit has already been harvested. Consequently the numbers of criminal aliens has been declining and ERO must go after the fruit higher up the tree, such as working traffic check points.
But in any event, reading the documents attached to the USA Today story tells us that ERO was desperate to find only criminals. Two comments stand out; one being the admonition throughout the documents from higher level management to leave regular illegal aliens alone: The emphasis on arrest of criminal aliens only.
The second comment was even more telling, showing the Big Lie of the Treason Bar and its claim that Obama is deporting too many non-criminal aliens:
The only individuals arrested during this joint effort would be criminal aliens, fugitives and re- entries. It could even be handled in the same manner as the Operation Cross Check cases: non- criminal11in-absentia11 cases, where the removal order was issued prior to 2008, would not be targeted.
That is an interesting little gem, it not only gives lie to the Treason Bar Big Lie, but also exposes an ongoing amnesty for previously ordered deported illegal aliens. Those illegal aliens ordered deported prior to 2008 are no longer arrested and removed. So much for the priority of alien fugitives.
The second part of this Big Lie from the Regime is that to cover the above failure of the emphasis on criminal aliens, ICE ERO had to come up with thousands of other illegal alien numbers. So they just borrowed numbers from U.S. Border Patrol arrests that were never previously counted as deportations or removals.
NumbersUSA February 12, 2013
For the last few years, the Obama Administration has claimed that it's deporting a record number of illegal aliens. But, the Administration is adding numbers to its overall deportation statistics that have not been historically included in the total number of annual deportations. Here's a look at how the Obama Administration has artificially inflated the number of deportations.
- Removal numbers have traditionally consisted of legal immigrants who have committed crimes, those who overstay visas, or illegal aliens caught inside the country.
- The immigration statistics yearbook states that removals are the compulsory and confirmed movement of an inadmissible or deportable alien out of the United States based on an order of removal.
- An alien who is removed has administrative or criminal consequences placed on subsequent reentry owing to the fact of the removal.
- In the past, removal numbers did not include “returns,” who are Mexican nationals caught illegally crossing the border by the Border Patrol and returned.
- According to the yearbook, returns are the confirmed movement of an inadmissible or deportable alien out of the United States not based on an order of removal.
- Most of the voluntary returns are of Mexican nationals who have been apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol and are returned to Mexico.
- The Obama administration has started counting certain “returns” as “removals” in order to artificially inflate the numbers and create a “record level” of deportations.Specifically, those caught by the Border Patrol who are shuttled to a different town along the border before they are returned are being dishonestly counted as deportations. This has falsely increased the number of total removals by more than 100,000 for the past two years.
- In fact, if we count removals and returns together historically, then the Obama administration numbers are not close to “record-setting.” In the 1990s, the totals of returns and removals were well over one million. For example, according to the yearbook of immigration statistics, in 1996, removals and returns numbered more than 1.6 million, up from more than 1.3 million in 1995.
There we have it. The Regime is following the communist tactic of lying big and lying bold to cover its ongoing amnesty and collapse in deportations. No records here.