We had big fights over amnesty bills during the Bush Administration and Obama lacked the courage to bring the issue up even when he had an overwhelming advantage in Congress. Instead, he decided to implement a de facto amnesty by refusing to enforce the law.
The Department of Homeland Security’s 2011 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics was released last month, including figures that show that the number of illegal aliens apprehended in the United States was the lowest in 40 years.
The report shows (page 91, table 33) that in fiscal year 2011, the number of illegal aliens apprehended was 641,633 – at that time the lowest total apprehensions since 1972 when the number of illegal aliens apprehended was 505,949.
The report shows that the number of illegal aliens apprehended has steadily decreased over the course of the Obama administration, from 869,857 in fiscal year 2009 to 641,633 in fiscal year 2011.
Note that catching an illegal alien doesn’t mean deporting an illegal alien.
Prosecutorial discretion for dreamers is solely based on the individual’s claims. Our orders are if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go,” he said at a press conference with GOP senators. “Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything. … At this point we don’t even know why DHS has criteria at all, as there is no requirement or burden to prove anything on the part of the alien.
“We believe that significant numbers of people who are not dreamers are taking advantage of this practice to avoid arrest,” he said.
Crane cited one case in which, he said, an immigrant facing criminal charges was let go under the policy. Further, he complained that officers are “under threat of losing their jobs” if they defy the policy.
So, we’re making less and less of an effort to catch illegals and then, if we do catch them, we let most of them go. Then, that increasingly small group gets to go in front of a judge who’s generally inclined to accept any excuse to let illegals stay in the country. In other words, as Michelle Malkin likes to say, “It ain’t over ‘til the alien wins.”