February 24, 2012   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

"Threats to our community" in the millions?
Barbara Gonzalez (ICE) thinks so
Los Angeles Times -- February 24  
Number of deportation cases drops by nearly a third, report says
Lots of illegal aliens are not so nice
    The number of deportation cases filed by federal immigration officials dropped by nearly a third in the first three months of the fiscal year, according to a report by the Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
    The drop recorded in the last three months of 2011 may reflect the Obama administration's plan to focus its deportation efforts by weighing a variety of discretionary factors, including whether the person is a veteran, came to the U.S. as a child or is a college student, according to the report. But experts said it's too soon to say if deportations overall will decline.
    From October through December, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiated 39,331 deportation cases in immigration court, down from 58,639 the previous quarter, the report says. Filings are typically lower during the holiday months, but even adjusted for the seasonal drop-off the numbers are significantly lower, according to the authors. [...]
    "We're being smart about how we enforce the law. We're doing it in a way that makes sense and in a way that uses tax dollars effectively," said ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez. "Law enforcement has to have set priorities because the American public doesn't want us to just arrest the first 400,000 people we can remove. Why arrest the first 400,000 people when you can arrest those who are threats to the community?" [...]
    The number of convicted criminals deported by the agency nearly doubled last year. So far, 52% of those removed this fiscal year are convicted criminals, Christensen said.
Red DotAmerican Patrol Report Comment: ICE is admitting that there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people in the country illegally who are "threats to our community." How did they get here in the first place? The U.S. Border Patrol let them in.

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