Obama administration ‘cooking the books’ on deportation numbers

posted at 4:01 pm on August 25, 2012 by Howard Portnoy

The news should come as no surprise considering it centers on an administration that double-counts $716 billion in order to claim that the Obamacare extends the solvency of Medicare while looting the entitlement’s trust fund. The Daily Caller reports:

Internal documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee show that the Obama administration has been ‘cooking the books’ in order to reach their ‘record’ number of deported illegal immigrants, chairman Rep. Lamar Smith said Friday.

Based on the internal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) documents, the number of removals are actually down, the opposite of what the administration has been claiming.

This latest “fun with math” on the administration’s part artificially inflates the number of deportations by counting individuals “removed” from U.S. soil through the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP). ATEP is a program that moves apprehended illegal immigrants to another point along the border, sometimes as much as a thousand miles from where they crossed. The object is to discourage deportees from instantly re-trying a border crossing. The measure is also designed to create a hardship for them that will serve as a deterrent to them and others contemplating sneaking across the border.

Of the administration latest ploy, Smith said in a statement:

It is dishonest to count illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border as ICE removals. And these ‘removals’ from the Border Patrol program do not subject the illegal immigrant to any penalties or bars for returning to the U.S. This means a single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be removed numerous times in a single year—and counted each time as a removal.

The DC goes on to note that given this new information, the committee’s Republican majority subtracted the ATEP removals from ICE’s deportation totals. The result is that the estimated 397,000 deportations for 2011 becomes approximately 360,000, and the 2012 removals to date drop from about 334,000 to an estimated 263,000.

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…we are all shocked!

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

…institutional media is chomping at the bit to report this I bet!

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

…are JugEars illegal relatives still here?

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Someone check the books at the Labor dept, too.

changer1701 on August 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

This corrupt administration lies about everything. It will take generations to repair the damage this bunch of liars and thieves are doing to our nation.

AZCoyote on August 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

…nothing is ‘illegal’ in this country if you are NOT a citizen…ask the DOJ!

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Is there something Obama isn’t lying about?

hepcat on August 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Obama admistration ‘cooking the books’ (period)

There is no need to qualify it.

HoustonRight on August 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Accurate math is hard… Campaign math is obviously ‘challenging’ for Team Obama…

No surprise here… pass the popcorn…

KUDOS to AlGore for inventing the Internet… makes this stuff SO EASY to verify…

E-Verify… now THERE’s a novel idea!!

Khun Joe on August 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

You were expecting anything true from Barry?

bayview on August 25, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Question: So what else have they been lying about?

Answer: Just about everything.

Curtiss on August 25, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The result is that the estimated 397,000 deportations for 2011 becomes approximately 360,000, and the 2012 removals to date drop from about 334,000 to an estimated 263,000.

37,000 in 2011, 71,000 in 2012?

So nearly double the number of bounces at the border in 2012?


Axe on August 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”President Barack Hussein Obama (Jan. 21, 2009 — one day after inauguration)

Nothing about President Barack Hussein Obama, his cabinet, nor his entire administration has ever been even remotely honest and genuine. Nothing. His ‘transparency’ is about as clear as bayou mud and it always has been from the very moment of his birth. His ‘rules of law’ are his own rules that he makes up as he goes along so that they may suit his own needs and desires. His ‘touchstones’ are manifested in standards of leadership that would make a gentile Josef Stalin green with envy.

At this point in Barack Hussein Obama’s administration — I am only ever shocked and surprised whenever he and/or his administration is revealed to be telling the truth.

FlatFoot on August 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Why is it so faux pas to call a liar a liar? Seriously?

Jackalope on August 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

obaka isn’t “removing” any possible illegal votes…

ladyingray on August 25, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Students in New Mexico and in Arizona being cautioned against signing up for Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Dream Act Deferred) until AFTER the election. Just in case.

Some of the finer points of caution about Obama’s order:

• Deferred Action applicants have to re-apply after 2 years. As Zell Miller once said, this could just go on and on and on…

• Be a little cautious about submitting the fake papers you’ve been using. Pesky fraud penalties or something.

• Application fee is $465 (And here you were worried about where Obama was going to raise his next campaign buck. Okay, I’m exaggerating. He can’t use the application fee. Officially.). Oh, once the application is accepted, it can’t be changed and can’t be appealed if denied.

• And the obvious: after you apply, a new President simply could cancel the Executive Order and you’ll have given all your personal and family information to the Feds… who can turn it over to ICE.

It is impossible to learn how many applications have been submitted since the August 15 start date. I already can tell you how many will be submitted if Obama loses.

de rigueur on August 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Degenerates – what are they not degenerate on?

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2012 at 4:27 PM


Write Wing on August 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

So when did they start counting the ATEP intercepts as deportations?

This administration is either full of morons or thinks the rest of us are morons. Honestly, if you change the methodology for counting, don’t you think somebody is going to catch that?

AZfederalist on August 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

This administration is either full of morons or thinks the rest of us are morons.

AZfederalist on August 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Why not both?

Curtiss on August 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

If a Liberal does it then it is NOT illegal.
Hence why a Rapist was invited to introduce the President at the upcoming DNC Convention.

Varchild on August 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Why not both?

Curtiss on August 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

You could have a point. From one of the other threads:

Remember, Barack Obama insists that, for anyone he hires, he can do their job better than they can.

northdallasthirty on August 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I had forgotten that quote from early in the Jugears administration. That speaks volumes regarding The One’s hiring practices and abilities as an executive and administrator. It says that he hires no one who would be a threat to his own [imagined] superiority in any subject. So, given the exhibited lack of intellectual capability on his part, it’s not surprising that his subordinates are dumber than he is. All they have is ideology and the only capability they have is the ability to engage in politics and even at that, it requires a fully compliant and sympathetic media for them to be successful.

AZfederalist on August 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Come on man, go after immigration as an issue. Forget about “reaching out to Hispanics” that aren’t going our way no matter what. Instead seek out the millions of Democratic leaning independents that have had it up to here with illegal immigration. And you have to make a stink about it to get these people’s attention and vote. You can’t try to just run away from the issue. You can’t just disappear on it. That won’t work. Stand up for the law.

anotherJoe on August 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

As W would say… “fuzzy math.”

chachi500 on August 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Every number out of the 0bama regime is a lie.

Rebar on August 25, 2012 at 5:06 PM


GarandFan on August 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM

You expecting anything from Barry bamstahhhh!!!!!!you da man bammmy babyyy!!!!! love ya barry ol buddy ol palllll!!! yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

bay 2012 at 4: PM

cableguy615 on August 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Obama administration ‘cooking the books’ on deportation numbers

‘cooking the books’ = LIARS

There is nothing cute or funny in the way that this administration is operating. LAWLESS.

Romney needs to scour all these lawless agencies and find the culprits, at all levels, that went along with the lawless Obama crowd. The American people need to see arrests and prosecutions and jail time. We deserve far better than what we are getting !!

BigSven on August 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Nothing surprises me anymore, coming from this most crooked admninistration in American history.

Eren on August 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

What do you expect?

“Math class is tough” – Barbie

yongoro on August 25, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Never underestimate the dishonesty of a democrat.

BruthaMan on August 25, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Administration continues its ‘unprecedented’ hitting streak.

socalcon on August 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Cooked the books on GM. Cooked the books on Cash for Clunkers.
Cooked the books on Porkulus. Cooked the books on Fast and Furious. Cooked the books on Green energy. Cooked the books on Obamacare. Cooked the books on unemployment. Cooked the books on illegal immigration. Probably can add SEIU, Chrysler, lobbyists (if you include the White House visitor log), etc. The entire administration is corrupt. And he’s doing his best to cook the Constitution!

Christian Conservative on August 25, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Always wondered how in the hell Obummer could let anyone into the country that could walk, tie the hands of law enforcement and still have deportation numbers that was setting records for deportations. The man can lie and lie and our news sources sit there and write it down as the gospel truth.

Herb on August 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM