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Obama Amnesty: Deportations At Record Low

Obama Amnesty: Deportations At Record Low

FEBRUARY 07, 2012

The Obama backdoor amnesty plan is in full force, with a record amount of illegal immigrants spared from deportation and a huge increase in the number of those allowed to remain the United States.

The shift is striking, according to the nonprofit university group that obtained government records outlining the drastic change. The New York-based nonpartisan research center, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), provides detailed information about the operation of hundreds of government agencies.  Immigration is one of many areas it researches.

This week TRAC revealed that during the first three months of fiscal year 2012, cases disposed of in the nation’s immigration courts showed a serious drop in deportation orders and an increase in the number of individuals allowed to stay in the U.S. That means that individuals were ordered removed in only half of the cases, the lowest rate in the past two decades.

An additional 14.0 percent received a “voluntary departure” order to leave the country, up slightly from 13.2 percent during the previous quarter, the records show.  Counting both removal and voluntary departure orders, slightly fewer than two out of every three cases (64.8 percent) in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 ended in a deportation order, also a historic low.

The government records also show that, among individuals determined by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to have violated immigration laws, more than one in three (34.4 percent) were allowed to stay in the U.S. This also represented a historic high, which is illustrated in a chart that includes figures for the last several years.

Clearly, the Obama Administration’s stealth amnesty plan to suspend the deportations of most illegal aliens is in play here. The scandalous measure, which has led to a monstrous increase in the dismissal of deportations, was first reported by Texas’s largest newspaper in 2010. Shortly after the story broke, Judicial Watch requested records on the deportation suspensions from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

After DHS stonewalled the release of records for nearly a year, JW filed a lawsuit last spring. A few weeks ago the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling criticizing the Obama DHS for failing to abide by FOIA law. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly chastised the agency for its inadequate explanations for withholding certain documents, ruling in part that the agency failed to provide sufficient factual context for much of the information withheld.

While on the combined subject of lying and illegal immigration, last month TRAC exposed DHS records that show the agency repeatedly lied to Congress, the American people and the media by drastically increasing the number of individuals that have been apprehended, deported or detained. Check that story out here.

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  • Andre Leonard

    While I agree with three of the comments below. Until someone like Ron Pauls is elected. All we are going to get is the runaround on this issue.

    We have been fooled so long, by so many, it is now usual and customary. All the front-runners are status-quo right now. Imagine that.

  • jayunderhill37

    what we the people of the United States need to do is make it clear on our values of our country and make an example out of Obama and our DHS and put someone under our treason policy and put someone in prison for the crimes they are doing to the citizens of this country. And then maybe we can get someone in office that cares about this country and get someone from this country for goodness sake a true AMERICAN . need to make a new rule prove that your family has been in this country for at least two generations legally and let the people vote only in this country if you are somewhere else you just mist out. something is very wrong with this country and it needs a fix button so we can fix it and get back to where we were before the Bush era.

  • la.lydia

    Why would they leave when we are giving them free food? Did you know that 56 states in our country have chosen a way to calculate food stamp eligibility that favors families with illegal aliens over families made up entirely of American citizens? Families with one or more illegal alien members only have a part of their incomes counted to determine whether they qualify for food stamps, and how much they get. Families who are all American citizens have 100 percent of their incomes counted. Families with illegal aliens can earn up to $900 more a month than American families can earn and still qualify for food stamps. American citizens are discriminated against by this policy. The only states that that don’t do this, that treat all of the families equally, are Utah, Arizona, Nebraska and Kansas. This discrimination is perfectly legal and is allowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a regulation that was quietly posted on the Federal Register in 2001. States can make the choice of which of two options to use when calculating food stamp benefits. What does your state do? Where is the “concern” for American citizen families? Why are they being short-changed and why are illegals getting more generous treatment from state governments?

  • sbbrgy

    I HOPE, WISH and PRAY that America will see through his foolishness and get the U.S an Administration with a BACKBONE, Leaders who will ENFORCE American laws and Stand up for American people, NOT ILLEGALS!

    We NEED an administration that caters to OUR American Needs and Struggles, NOT those of Illegals, Who have Already Proven
    Their BLATANT Disregard and Disrespect of Laws and Procedure/Regulations!!! We DON’T need them soiling and ruining our Communities and our society!!

    We put American Law breakers in Prison, so Illegals(Law Breakers) should be DEPORTED!!

  • frostyw

    The continued suspension of our immigration laws will continue because Barack Obama knows that the majority of Americans are glued to their TV sets with little care or understanding of the long term consequences. Apathy wins and America loses. Frosty Wooldridge

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