While speaking in support of Democratic Governor Dan Malloy in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on November 2, President Obama was interrupted at least four times by activists scattered throughout the room who urged him to use executive action to address immigration. What was surprising, however, given Obama’s history of strong support for “immigration reform” that includes amnesty for illegal immigrants, is that those who heckled him objected to his “strong” stance on deportations.
Though the White House issued a statement on September 6 stating that President Obama “believes it would be harmful” to his immigration policy to announce any administrative action on immigration before this November’s elections, with the elections just days away the administration has scarcely paused in its quest to issue its own brand of “immigration reform.”
In an October 27 letter to President Obama, Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, said that the president’s reported post-election plan to issue an executive order that will to grant legal status and work authorization to millions of illegal immigrants “will devastate the black community.”
An illegal immigrant who was deported twice before returning to the United States has been accused of killing two Northern California sheriff’s officers in separate incidents on October 24.
As we reported on October 20, the notice posted recently by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asking for bids for card stock that will be used to print millions of Permanent Resident Cards (commonly called “green cards”) and Employment Authorization Documentation cards (“work permits”) has caused many observers to believe that the Obama administration is planning to open the immigration floodgates right after November’s elections.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a notice on the FedBizOpps.Gov (Federal Business Opportunities) website recently announcing the imminent solicitation for card stock that will be used to print Permanent Resident Cards and Employment Authorization Documentation cards. While this, in itself, isn’t unusual, the number that USCIS plans to order has raised some eyebrows.
There are nearly 167,000 convicted criminal aliens with final orders of removal who are still in the United States and “currently at large.” This number appears to be directly related to the Obama administration’s lax deportation policy, with deportations from the interior of the United States down 34 percent during the past year.
Mayor Phillip Burch of Artesia, New Mexico, where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a temporary detention facility for adults with children who have entered our country illegally, has said that the facility is likely to receive more detainees soon. Furthermore, noted Burch, the facility will not be closed in the near future.
In a speech delivered October 9 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson played up the recent decline in unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our southern border, stating that “illegal migration by unaccompanied kids turned the corner, and it’s now in fact at its lowest number since January 2013.”
Implementing police-state procedures on U.S. citizens at or near the border while encouraging illegal immigrants by rewarding them with government benefits will not solve the problem.
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito introduced a bill on October 7 that would “significantly restrict the conditions under which the NYPD complies with … ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] requests” to “detain [an] individual for up to 48 hours beyond when the individual would otherwise be released so that the individual’s custody may be transferred to ICE.”