Obama Shuts Down Immigration Enforcement

With the reelection campaign looming, and a desperate need to rally the Hispanic vote this November, the Obama administration is shutting down a key and successful program in which local law enforcement officials were trained and deputized to enforce laws against illegal immigration. From USAToday:

The Obama administration is starting to shut down a program that deputized local police officers to act as immigration agents.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have trained local officers around the country to act as their agencies’ immigration officers. Working either in jails or in the field, the officers can check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration holds on them.

The program, known as 287(g), reached its peak under President George W. Bush, when 60 local agencies signed contracts with ICE to implement it. But that trend slowed significantly under President Obama— only eight agencies have signed up since he took office, and none has done so since August 2010.

…All the contracts between ICE and local police agencies run for three years, so that portion of the program could be finished by November when the last contract for field officers expires.

Gee… just in time for the election. How convenient!

DHS said officials instead will focus on expanding Secure Communities, a program that checks the fingerprints of all people booked into local jails against federal immigration databases. The followup work in those cases is done by ICE agents, not local police.

The fallacy, obviously, is that only those few illegals who have been previously arrested and finger-printed will be in the federal databases, and allowing followup work to be done by the feds simply means that little, if anything, will actually be done to remove even the worst criminals among those who are here illegally.

There is another, more subtle reason the Obama is shutting down the immigration enforcement program. Arguments in the Obama administration challenges to immigration enforcement laws in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, and South Carolina will be coming up this summer and fall. Superficially, the administration’s arguments are nominally strengthened if all immigration enforcement authority is in federal hands… even if the feds are essentially doing nothing to secure the border and stem the flow of illegal immigrants.

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  • $8194357

    These Marxist asshats have indeed declared war on America…He must be pushing this hard to “create some crisis” he can declare marshall law over IMO..

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    The timing is quite convenient. Won’t this drive the unemployment rate up, or has Obama been assured that is being “taken care of?”

    • Bat One

      Not a problem!  The Obama administration has been putting out bogus unemployment numbers for months.  They simply drop more and more of the long-term unemployed from the “looking for work” category.  According to CBO the real unemployment rate in the US is north of 15%.

  • Matthew

    Deportations are up under Obama.  That is a fact.  

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      Anything like the unemployment “facts?”

      • $8194357


      • Matthew

         Show me any metrics where deportations are not up under Obama.  Manipulate the statistics any way you want.  I bet you still can’t do it.  Because deportations are down.  Obama has been the best President for immigration reform in the last 40 years.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          Manipulate the manipulated statistics?  Believe anything the Liar-in-Chief puts out?  Manipulated employment figures.  Manipulated budget figures.  So deportation figures from this administration are to be believed?  I have a piece of the Holy Cross you can buy cheap.  I’ll throw in a tooth of the Buddha free.

          • Matthew

             You are such a pussy.

            All I want is one metric for you to explain why immigration is worse now than in the past.  Not anecdotal evidence, but actual statistics.

            If you oppose Obama on immigration issues this should be easy.

            I am not manipulating statistics, I am allowing you to manipulate them.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Neither you or I are in a position to verify these statistics short of conducting an investigation of the whole process.  That is not necessary.  When an administration concocts lie after lie it is quite possible that everything possible to lie about has been.  That should be simple enough for you to understand.

          • Matthew

             Than why are you so willing to attack Obama about immigration if their are not statistics to verify anything?

            Your ass is hanging out.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Your ass is actually talking.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            That he is, but it certainly does say quite a bit about him; that he is so obstinately against accepting fact when it’s presented to him.  It goes to show that some people don’t care about the facts, their mind is already made up.  It’s why he avoids debates.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Dear Liberal Fascist…

          Why does your administration seem to have such a problem with decimal points?  First it was a 50% increase in deportation then they retract their statement and say the numbers are really closer to 5%?  Oh make up your mind, please do!


          You quibble, shriek and gnash your teeth about statistical anomolies, The People’s Comrade shall be shutting down the intake side of the equation…  wrap your head around this…

          Illegals are not just magically deported, they have to be detected, apprehended, prosecuted, then removed.  ANY break in that chain makes all these vaunted numbers mean NOTHING.  Your Great Leader may have allowed the deporting of criminal aliens to a greater extent but he’s been probing the defenses of ICE for some time and his most recent attacks against them have been to hobble them, tell them to leave “college overstays” alone, etc.  All this does is coddle to the “voting” constituency of illegals that will help to stuff his ballot box in Nov… yeah, that same group you seek to make a relevant voting block because you won’t get behind Manadatory Voter ID. 

          But now comes the great equalizer.  Remember my early statement?  Your great leader (by strangling the program mentioned in the article) will completely reverse course on whatever alleged gains might have been made in the removal of illegal aliens.  The most difficult part of deporting illegals (other than all the roadblocks that you and your leftist ilk have put into the process) is DETECTION of illegal aliens in our major metro areas.  If local law enforcement is not being trained to find and seperate illegals from the garden variety criminal element, who’s going to “feed” the intake side of the deportation process?  ICE can only do so much to apprehend illegals, state and local law enforcement are much better able to find illegals in the course of their duties and alert immigration officials, then immigration officials handle the dispostion of these felons, contrary to the lies of leftists like yourself that believe cops would deport illegals under programs like the one Comrade Downgrade and Janet “Criminally” Incompetano are seeking to dismantle. 

          Never fear, the Great Obama will balance out the deportation tables here shortly with a wave of his magic “social justice” wand.  Just in time to try to steal the election in November. 

          Now please, go sit in the corner… here’s your hat.


          • $8194357

            HALF of Americans don’t pay income tax despite crippling government debt 151.7m people – 49.5% of the U.S. population – paid no federal income tax in 2009, figures show
            By Daily Mail Reporter
            Last updated at 11:21 PM on 22nd February 2012
            Only half of U.S. citizens pay federal income tax, according to the latest available figures.In 2009, just 50.5 per cent of Americans paid any income tax to the federal government – the lowest proportion in at least half a century. And the number of people outside the tax system could have climbed even higher since as the economic downturn has continued to bite and unemployment has remained high.
            This graph from the Heritage Foundation shows that half the population of the U.S. pays no federal income tax at all
            The decreasing number of taxpayers threatens government revenues, and could also cause resentment from those who believe that welfare recipients are taking money out of the economy.
            151.7million U.S. citizens paid no federal income tax in 2009, according to figures compiled by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank. In 1984, the middle of the Reagan era, 85 per cent of Americans paid federal income tax, meaning just 34.8million people did not.
            Obama to CUT corporate tax to 28% and set even lower rate for manufacturers
            The figures include children, the retired and others who do not participate in the labour force. Nonetheless, they largely reflect the sudden jump in the unemployment rate after the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. Unemployment rose from around five per cent at the beginning of 2008 to a high of 10 per cent in October 2009. Crisis:

            As well the increased number of jobless people, the reduction in the number of taxpayers is a result of low-income workers taking pay cuts and reduced hours, and therefore slipping out of the tax system. It also includes people who illegally fail to file a tax return even though they might have earned enough money to do so. Another finding by the Heritage Foundation shows that 21.8 per cent of U.S. citizens receive financial assistance from the federal government. This means that 67.3million people – a record high – are ‘dependent on the federal government’, excluding government employees who rely on the public sector for their salaries.
            The conjunction of fewer taxpayers with higher welfare payments has led to intense pressure on the public purse, with the national deficit running at $1.3 trillion per year.
            The Heritage Foundation argues that the reduction in the number of taxpayers will create an electorate dominated by non-taxpayers, who will always support higher taxes and spending because their own money is not at stake.

            NO SHIT SHERLOCK

    • Guest

       That’s because more illegals are crossing the border, and more are being caught.

  • Matthew

    Maybe I am asking the wrong person.

    Bat One, you are big into statistics.  As you probably know, deportations are up under Obama.  Please provide any metric where immigration is worse than not only when Obama took office, but where it is worse from any time since Reagan took office.

    Please provide citations.

    • Lianne

      Why don’t you provide stats?

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob
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    • Bat One

      Matthew,  Since you are obviously “big into statistics” you should already know that the comparisons you allude to are essentially meaningless without an authoritative baseline from which to make those comparisons.  Offhand, I can think of two such baselines: total number of illegal aliens already residing in the US, or, if you choose to measure deportations on an annual basis, total number of illegal aliens who entered the country during the relevant time period.  I suggest that measuring deportations as a percentage of either of these baselines would be far more meaningful than a mere comparison of raw numbers… much as you did, or wanted to do, in the Iowa “bias” case previously.

      • Matthew

         You are the one criticizing the policy.  Maybe you should do the research.

        But, there was no magic influx of illegals after the Bush administration.  The baseline didn’t change significantly.  If there are more deportations, than he is doing a better job.

        • Bat One

          Wrong on two counts!  I’m not criticizing the policy; I’m pointing out that Obama is abandoning the policy… just in time for his reelection campaign.

          Just as importantly, you are the one who offered the comparisons, both to President Bush inferentially, and to President Reagan.  I merely pointed out that as a fan of statistics you ought to have a more meaningful baseline from which to offer your comparisons.  But you already knew that, didn’t you?

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I see this more as a way to antagonize Republican states like Texas and Arizona and gain some political pandering to the Mexican/American voters at the same time. We still have FED enforced immigration officers like ICE to do the job. Obama is all about dirty politics and punishing anyone who goes against his ideology.

  • Jamermorrow

     OMG the brown people are going to invade us. Hide the women and hide your kids.

    • Guest

       You’re a bigger jerkoff than hanni the tax cheat!


      • Jamermorrow

         Government just wastes money so in my opinion cheating on your taxes is moral and patriotic. I suppose you like taxes than and see a moral obligation to pay taxes? Taxes are theft so if Hanni keeps his own property so be it.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      Illegal’s,  not brown people. It is too bad because they ultimately stress out our support system and they make it that much harder for legitimate immigration for those “brown people” who would come here via the legal way. I would trade any legal immigrant for a dip shit like you regardless of color.

      • Jamermorrow

         The unconstitutional support system that needs to collapse anyhow. I can’t wait for that to happen. Hard to get here legally as anybody familiar with the system knows.

  • awfulorv

    Going to??  

  • borborygmi

    The program, known as 287(g), reached its peak under President George W. Bush, when 60 local agencies signed contracts with ICE to implement it. But that trend slowed significantly under President Obama— only eight agencies have signed up since he took office, and none has done so since August 2010.        
     Why aren’t they signing up and how is that Obamas fault?

    • two_amber_lamps

       JANET NAPALITANO.  /answer

  • $8194357

    Rubio calls on GOP to be ‘pro-legal immigration’
    Posted on February 22, 2012 by Cowboy Byte
    Sen. Marco Rubio says the Republican Party has to overhaul its message on immigration and do more to reach out to Hispanics.In an interview with Time magazine, the freshman senator from Florida and frequently mentioned vice presidential pick said his party needs to change its rhetoric and position itself as the “pro-legal immigration party.”Funny how this works huh..The Reoublicans and conservitives have “ALWAYS” been PRO LEGAL immigration…Once again the left getst to “frame the debate” and declare the meanings to preclude their own projected outcome and keep the right backing up on their heels with false accustations and spin..Sad really..

  • Sparkie Arbuckle

    I remember how much cheerleading you were doing for Bush Jr when

    he was installing ‘virtual border fences’ at exorbitant rates
    which did jack shit.

    Also, I notice that your headline is false.