Ruben Navarrette makes an eyebrow raising remark. Remember Dwight D. Eisenhower and “Operation Wetback” in 1954? Dwight deported 1 million undocumented, and Obama is set to break that record. In fact, President Obama has deported MORE undocumented than President George W. Bush!
Do you think that Obama is serious about immigration? We heard the same speech in El Paso, TX, that we heard years ago, and we heard this same speech over a year ago when SB 1070 was introduced.
Yet, Lamar Smith has the audacity to say that Obama gets a failing grade? How can Obama’s deporting of 800,000 immigrants be considered by Lamar Smith?
Obama — who once bemoaned when communities are “terrorized” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, “when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when children come home from school to find their parents missing” — is on track to deport more illegal immigrants than any U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower and “Operation Wetback” in 1954. That crackdown resulted in the removal of nearly 1 million people. The Obama administration deported about 800,000 people in its first two years.
I asked Gutierrez why he thinks Obama has developed a knack for deportations.
“He responds to the restrictionists,” Gutierrez said. “If you hear the restrictionists, they say: ‘We will win through attrition. Just enforce the law.’ Well, every discretionary tool that this president has used helps them reach that goal.”
And, in return, Obama gets to establish his credentials as a tough guy on illegal immigration in time to run for re-election.
As someone who believes that illegal immigrants should be deported, what concerns me is that Obama is being cynical and dishonest. For example, after suing Arizona over the principle that enforcing immigration law is the job of the federal government and not local or state law enforcement agencies, the administration is using those agencies as a force multiplier and scooping up illegal immigrants arrested by them to boost the deportation tally.
Gutierrez wants Obama to spare two groups of people with an executive power known as “parole-in-place” — illegal immigrants who have U.S.-born children, and college students who might have qualified for legal status under the Dream Act.
Obama has refused to do either of these things, insisting that he lacks the legal authority to stop deportations.
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