Arizona highlighted in report as McCain & Flake work for amnesty
Longtime readers of Seeing Red AZ are familiar with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since we have previously linked to analysis and reports from its knowledgeable staff.
Today we direct you to CIS’ latest fact-filled and disturbing report, “Catch and Release: Interior immigration enforcement in 2013” by Jessica M. Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies.
It begins with a summary which includes these stark realities: “Many of the aliens ignored by ICE were convicted criminals. In 2013, ICE agents released 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions, or 35 percent of all criminal aliens they reported encountering. The criminal alien releases typically occur without formal notice to local law enforcement agencies and victims.”
Table 1 shows the shocking number of cases on ICE’s docket — 872,000 as of the end of the 2013 fiscal year — who had received final orders of removal, but who had not yet departed. Cases are counted in this category after all due process has been exhausted. There are therefore hundreds of thousands of alien fugitives in the United States right now who have been ordered removed and ignored those orders. While a few thousand of these are aliens who cannot be removed because they refuse to cooperate in obtaining travel documents or their home countries will not accept them, the vast majority are illegal aliens who have absconded from immigration hearings, an offense similar to contempt of court. The administration has indicated it is considering an executive action to forbid ICE from taking action against these individuals, rationalizing that these are mere immigration offenses
Following Table 4 in the report comes this news regarding Arizona: One locality that has been specifically targeted by ICE for politically motivated prosecutorial discretion is Maricopa County, Ariz. ICE attorneys in the Arizona field office reportedly are required to terminate deportation cases in which illegal aliens have been convicted of felony identity theft, which is a “crime involving moral turpitude” that requires mandatory detention and should cause the alien to be removed. Reportedly, some of these illegal aliens also have managed to qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), despite convictions for crimes that defrauded the state and federal governments and caused severe problems for the victim of the theft. Some of the illegal aliens benefiting from ICE’s failure to enforce the law are also active in local advocacy groups demanding a halt to deportations.
We urge you to read the full report through to the Conclusion, which exposes the recent campaign by advocacy groups to portray Barack Obama as a tough immigration enforcer at the helm of a system that is producing “record” deportations. Vaughan points out that this portrayal bears no resemblance to the reality of immigration enforcement today. Interior immigration enforcement has declined significantly and ICE is ignoring hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, including tens of thousands with criminal convictions, who are encountered by ICE officers and agents.
Where are the loud voices raised in protest to these dangerous policies? And why are Arizona U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake working to reward our nation’s illegal invaders with the gift of amnesty?