Barak Hussein Obama has told an illegal alien that he will not halt deportations of illegal aliens, while at the same time he told them he wants them to succeed, presumably in the United States. (h/t VDare) How to explain the apparent contradiction. The easiest is that, as this blog has demonstrated, is that he is lying. The second explanation is that he was also technically correct in part of his statement.
Offered in evidence, the lie:
"With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case," the president said."There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president," Obama said.
In fact, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) has been conducting an administrative amnesty in general, and specifically targeting illegal alien students. Students in particular have been either not arrested or after arrested, released for the decades long deportation process to proceed. Unless an illegal alien is held in custody, that alien is unlikely to be deported at any time. The whole process, including administrative and judicial appeals, takes years, and most illegal aliens fail to depart at the end of the process and abscond from ICE, who is unable to keep up with the growing number of absconders at large.
But, as with most lies, there is a nugget of truth to lend modesty to the lies:
He also rejected the idea of granting TPS to undocumented students.TPS "historically has been used for special circumstances where you have immigrants to this country who are fleeing persecution in their countries, or there is some emergency situation in their native land that required them to come to the United States," the president said.
Absolutely correct. Temporary Protected Status is supposed to be temporary and only used in exceptional circumstances. Even though that is not actually the practice, as TPS is as permanent as it gets. No TPS beneficiary has apparently ever been deported. But that is not what the law says and means. But Obama does tell a truth about what the law says about TPS.