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Obama: Enforcing Immigration Law “Doesn’t Make Sense”

President Obama today told law enforcement officials they should be doing something else other than enforcing immigration law, which says a lot about how much Republicans can expect him to stick to the terms of any immigration deal.

From his remarks, made today at the White House:

It’s estimated that over 80 percent of the folks who are here on an undocumented basis have been here 10 years or longer.  These are folks who are woven into the fabrics of our communities.  Their kids are going to school with our kids.  Most of them are not making trouble; most of them are not causing crimes.

And yet, we put them in this tenuous position and it creates a situation in which your personnel, who have got to go after gang-bangers and need to be going after violent criminals and deal with the whole range of challenges, and who have to cooperate with DHS around our counterterrorism activities — you’ve got to spend time dealing with somebody who is not causing any other trouble other than the fact that they were trying to make a living for their families. That’s just not a good use of our resources. It’s not smart. It doesn’t make sense.

Well, Obama’s compassion doesn’t just extend to the family man illegally mowing your lawn. The administration also last year released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody 36,000 illegal immigrants who had been convicted of murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated assault, and drunk or drugged driving.

Adding to the distrust is Obama’s redefinition of “deportation,” allowing him to claim he’s even tougher on illegals than Bush. From the Center for Immigration Studies:

In 2012, the year the Obama administration claimed to break enforcement records, more than one-half of removals attributed to ICE were the result of Border Patrol arrests that would never have been counted as a removal in prior years. In 2008, under the Bush administration, only one-third of removals were from Border Patrol arrests.

The White House thinks it may be able to get an immigration deal during a lame duck Congress, once the political pressure is off. Republicans won’t just be sacrificing principle for a deal. They’ll be played for suckers.

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22 Responses to Obama: Enforcing Immigration Law “Doesn’t Make Sense”

  1. This guy simply does not care about our safety, this speech will make a great commercial. We can only pray for no terror on our soil.

  2. Selective enforcement based on political belief or even simple ‘convenience’, breeds contempt and leads to selective compliance.

  3. It angers me that they ignore the fact that not only did these people enter our country illegally, but they’ve also committed identity theft, a felony, by using someone’s SS# in order to work.

    And no, we did not put the illegal aliens in this tenuous position. They made that choice themselves. They could have come to America through legal means but they chose not to.

    And I don’t buy the story that ithey come here to do the jobs Americans won’t. These people know full well that they’re entering America illegally and if Obama really understood them he’d know that these people do not want to become citizens. Their allegiance is still to Mexico, where most of their family still lives. Otherwise, why would import of money from their wages be Mexico’s 2nd biggest source of income?

  4. Keith, just reading your headline makes my blood boil. Almost as much as Jeb Bush’s comment about illegal immigration being ‘an act of love’.
    Not to mention Obama nodding his head when the Uruguay president, a former guerilla leader, said the US will become a bilingual country with strong Latina women.

    I don’t know if anyone remembers the black and white immigration buses with bars on the windows during the 70’s, but here in Kalifornia they were commonplace – picking up illegals off the streets and humanely transporting them back to the border. It worked – until Prop 187 was overturned by a 9th circuit court judge. Today, the LIBS are handing out engraved invitations to break out laws. We can’t blame the illegals. And it’s too late to undo the irreparable damage. Sad.

  5. Whether Obama likes a law or not is completely irrelevant. He took an oath to faithfully execute the laws passed by the Congress of the United States of America. That’s his job.

  6. While my other comment is caught in moderation jail I do still have a question. Isn’t this 36,000 in addition to the 68,000 they also released?

    I tried to take a break from reading all this stuff on the internet but I’m finding it difficult. I swear, each day is another story, each worse than the previous day.

  7. What does make sense, a lot of sense, is impeachment and conviction! Has there ever been a president in modern history who has so egregiously violated his oath of office? Dirty Harry is aiding and abetting a criminal and Boehner is a wimp. We are sooo (bleeped)!

  8. “It’s estimated that over 80 percent of the folks who are here on an undocumented basis have been here 10 years or longer.”
    Really? According to the advocates of illegal immigration, they are the fastest growing minority in the US because many more are coming every day. They count themselves as up to fifty million. Since the Census counts only about 18 million Hispanic citizens, that would mean there are around 32 million Latino foreign nationals here illegally. Given that the majority are Mexican, that counts about 20% of their nation’s population in our country without permission.
    Why is that? Perhaps because it is Obama who is keeping law enforcement from doing their jobs with his executive orders and other edicts making “illegal alien” a protected class.
    Why should Congress pass any new laws? So he can have more laws to selectively enforce? The only thing he wants is amnesty for all comers, something one look at the comment section of ANY article on the subject says Americans clearly DON’T want.

  9. “President Obama today told law enforcement officials….”

    I am not clear on when/where he made these statements. My local news has been covering events in DC this week to honor fallen law enforcement officers. If he was using an event associated with that, and once again making it about himself and his agenda, then he is more contemptable than I ever imagined….

    (The reason my local news has been covering this is due to a local case that happened one year ago, unsolved. A young officer was on his way home afer his night shift and was shot by a hidden gunman after the officer got out of his car to remove debris that had been deliberately placed in the road. Tragic case and he left a young family. To think that any event honoring him and others would be marred by this president for his personal agenda sickens me.)

  10. It seems to me that once more the more he spews BS the more he seems to be vomiting all over himself as he JUMPED the RAILS….. Does he really think that Releasing THUGS , Illegal at that, will get him Amnesty confirmation or he setting up another BLAME THE GOP MSM DRIVEN SET of BS SPEECHES???
    is it time to say.. ENOUGH already???

  11. Gee, I wonder if that would work for me. Maybe the next time I break a law, I will just tell the police, I felt it just didn’t make sense, so I ignored it. If it works for the terrorist in the white house, surely it will work for me :)?