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  • 'Biased Statistics' Paint Rosy Picture of Border Security, Union Head Alleges

    The Obama administration boasts that arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border have dropped on its watch. But figures cited by the administration are based on “biased statistics,” according to the president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing more than 17,000 U.S. border agents and personnel.

    “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has traveled around the country saying that the border is more secure than it has ever been,” union leader George McCubbin said at a July 26 press briefing hosted by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). “We do not believe that to be the case. … She relied on the information and statistics provided to her by those with an interest in having them reflect whatever position the administration wants them to reflect.”

    Indeed, late last year Heritage’s Jessica Zuckerman described how the Obama administration inflated its deportation numbers by including “voluntary removals” in the deportation statistics. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton boasted of the removal of 396,906 illegal aliens in fiscal 2011 – the largest number of illegal aliens in the agency’s history. Yet as Zuckerman explains, this number includes individuals who agree to be returned to their home countries counted in the same way as those who are ordered to be deported by the courts.

    As House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) explained, “A single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be voluntarily returned numerous times in one year – and be counted each time as a removal.” Ultimately, this practice serves to artificially inflating the administration’s deportation numbers.

    Making matters worse, in recent years the Obama administration has also systemically taken action to weaken internal immigration enforcement, including the reduction of worksite raids, an emphasis on criminal deportations, and an increase in the use of prosecutorial discretion. Similarly, the administration has also moved to kill one of America’s most successful interior enforcement programs, the 287(g) program, which allows allowed local police to act on behalf of ICE and enforce federal immigration laws.

    In response, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council took the highly unusual step of issuing a unanimous “vote of no confidence” against ICE director Morton.  Sessions further elaborated by saying that there is a need for renewed reference of the rule of law.

    It’s time that “the lawlessness must end,” Sessions explained. “All Americans, immigrant and native born, will have a better future if our nation remains unique in the world for its special reverence for the rule of law and fairness in our immigration system.”

    Melanie Wilcox and Maura Cremin are members of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation.

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    5 Responses to 'Biased Statistics' Paint Rosy Picture of Border Security, Union Head Alleges

    1. ToucheTurtle says:

      Blah, blah, blah. We have been hearing this same mantra for the past four years and NOTHING is being done!!! And the reason? Because the Democrats WANT illegals in this country in order to "stir the pot" . . . .it is designed to keep the focus off of what this POTHUS has NOT done that the American people want, and what he is GOING to do that the American people don't want!!!! In addition, if even a relatively small percentage of them are successful in registering to vote, that is just a bonus for the Democrats. Even I can understand the willingness to break the law, lie and undermine a fair election if I was promised that I could be an American WITHOUT going through the process the Rule of Law requires!

      I swear that once people are elected to go to Washington, they automatically receive a lobotomy, and then are programmed to repeat over and over the Party's desired talking points PERIOD. Janet Napolitano is the former governor of Arizona for crying out loud. She, more than anyone else, should KNOW and UNDERSTAND the problems down on the border. The only explanation for her complete lack of initiative as head of Homeland Security has something to do with $$$ and power! The real question for me is WHERE is the source of the $$$ coming from, and WHO is supplying the promise of power!

    2. Jeanne Stotler says:

      I have freinds in Arizona who tell me about living in fear of home invasions, being raped or worse. If people living in Arizona and Texas live in fear, what does this say about the PR we hear from the WH, Lies, lies and more lies, even in the USA other states, just read the arrest records, rapes, molestations, house break-ins drunk driving, I could go on and on. Let ICEand border police do their jobs, deprt any illegal, too costly, then confiscate the property they have garnered and sell it to offset the expense, have kids born here? make sure the 14th admendment is used as intended, not as an excuse,

    3. Doc Hilliard says:

      One only has to LOOK at one's home town to observe the INCREASE in numbers of illegal aliens, illegal aliens who make just living far more expensive than, say, 10 years ago. Obama's criminal open borders policies have been a big part of his 'destroy USA' objective.

    4. Carol, AZ says:

      http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/10/11
      (please embed)
      This story was reported.
      Most of these cases are not reported. There are so many drug related murders now happening across America that we've become just like any other third world nation.
      Further evidence given to the Dept of Justice:" In over 180 American cities, drug cartels have moved-in and operational, with the full knowledge of the Dept of Justice.
      That would be your new stimulus dollars America.
      Doc's comments ( above me) you're 100% correct , it is destroying us.

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