LA Times: Illegals inside the U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before Obama took office

posted at 4:01 pm on April 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

You already knew this thanks to Jeff Sessions’s office, but data from a Republican senator circulating among conservatives can be safely ghettoized by lefties. Not so a splashy report in LA’s biggest paper. Someone in the media is very far off-message at a moment when amnesty fans and their partners in the Democratic leadership are hard at work trying to convince the public that, if anything, Obama’s been too strict in deporting illegals. That’s why he needs to shift to a more forgiving, “humane” policy.

Sixty-eight thousand illegals with criminal records were released last year. What’s the target number this year?

Expulsions of people who are settled and working in the United States have fallen steadily since [Obama's] first year in office, and are down more than 40% since 2009…

Until recent years, most people caught illegally crossing the southern border were simply bused back into Mexico in what officials called “voluntary returns,” but which critics derisively termed “catch and release.” Those removals, which during the 1990s reached more 1 million a year, were not counted in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s deportation statistics.

Now, the vast majority of border crossers who are apprehended get fingerprinted and formally deported. The change began during the George W. Bush administration and accelerated under Obama. The policy stemmed in part from a desire to ensure that people who had crossed into the country illegally would have formal charges on their records.

In the Obama years, all of the increase in deportations has involved people picked up within 100 miles of the border, most of whom have just recently crossed over. In 2013, almost two-thirds of deportations were in that category.

In other words, “deportations” today covers a much broader segment of illegals than it used to. That’s for a good cause: By formally deporting someone who’s just been caught trying to cross the border, the removal goes on his record and can trigger a criminal prosecution if he tries to enter the United States again. (It’s not a crime to cross the border without authorization once. Only if you’re deported and then cross again is criminal law implicated.) So DHS, by treating border apprehensions and removals as formal “deportations,” is marginally increasing the deterrent to illegal entry next time. But that means Obama’s “deportation” numbers can’t be meaningfully compared to his predecessors’; his numbers subsume all removals whereas Clinton’s and Bush’s numbers distinguished between people removed after being caught at the border versus people caught inside the U.S. If you lump those categories together, then the “deporter-in-chief” is actually more slack about removals than Dubya was. And why is that important? Because: The whole reason the left is upset about the allegedly large number of deportations under Obama is that it means more illegals are being cruelly uprooted from their homes in the U.S. after spending years here — in theory. In reality, most of the illegals who are being “deported” have only spent a few hours or days in America. They’re caught by the Border Patrol on the way in, processed, and then “deported.” Meanwhile, those who actually do make it to the inner United States are almost uniformly safe from deportation later. In the words of the former acting director of ICE, quoted by the Times, “If you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero — it’s just highly unlikely to happen.” So much for cruelty.

Let me throw you a curveball now. What if the truth about Obama’s deportations was leaked to the Times by … the White House itself? Remember, the politics of these numbers are tricky for them. On the one hand, they want to reassure amnesty opponents that the law’s being enforced so that Republicans will have more freedom to join with O on comprehensive immigration reform. On the other hand, they want amnesty supporters to know that Obama’s on their side. The more they reassure border hawks by touting artificially beefy numbers about deportation, the angrier immigration activists get at the “deporter-in-chief.” Maybe the heat from the latter group is now so intense, with so much political damage to Democrats being done by it — see this eye-opening NYT piece about disgruntled Latino voters staying home on election day — that Obama feels he needs to do something to get them to back off. Result: Tipping an LA paper, which serves a large population of Mexican-American readers, to the fact that his ugly deportation numbers aren’t so ugly after all. Hmmmmm.


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FAILING TO DEFEND THE USA AGAINST FOREIGN INVASION

————-TREASON

TX-96 on April 2, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I recall someone taking an “Oath Of Office”…

Seven Percent Solution on April 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I guess all we can do now is laugh at the poor suckers actually following the process in place to come live and work in the country.

changer1701 on April 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

The sun rose in the East, really.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Sen. Session says this admin. counts as “deported” those who get hushed away from the Mexican side of the border, never having even entered the US.

Why would anyone sane believe any numbers, or anything, from these goons?

Goebbels loves him some obama and Axelturd.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Wow! That’s news worthy.

Tater Salad on April 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

That’s because this regime, like all other leftist regimes, thrives on lawlessness.

CurtZHP on April 2, 2014 at 4:11 PM

It’s amazing that this azz wrote this book, not about the leftist thugs.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Geez, yesterday was April Fools.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM

You mean zero LIED about the deportation numbers?? I’m shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that such a thing has happened!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 4:15 PM

This should be good.

MJBrutus on April 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I think Barry is afraid he will get deported.

Sven on April 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

U.S. Federal Immigration Law was designed, drafted, and passed into law to protect the citizens and legal immigrants of this nation from predation by illegal aliens.

It was not designed, drafted, and passed into law to protect illegal aliens who enter and remain in this nation, preying on United States citizens and legal immigrants.

Enforce U.S. Federal Immigration Law.

U.S Code Title 8 Chapter 12 Subchapter II Part VIII

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Enforce the law.

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Thanks for posting that. Needs to be read by all, especially the president of the USA, Valerie Jarrett.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Now, I’ve seen everything. If someone crosses the border illegally and makes it past the 100 mile ‘barrier’, he’s good to go. Thankfully, I can already speak some Spanglish.

vnvet on April 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Obama will eventually call these illegals “refuges” and grant them asylum.

Kaffa on April 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Born in the USA

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Coming to America, legally and especially illegally…just vote D.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Is Obama’s illegal alien Aunt Zatutti still living off the backs of tax payers in Boston? How about his drunk driving uncle?

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Obama will eventually call these illegals “refuges” D-voters and grant them asylum.

Kaffa on April 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

They’ve both been granted permanent legal residency, despite their flagrant immigration law violations and refusing to obey deportation orders.

So, yes, she’s still living off the backs of tax payers. His uncle did have a job at a liquor store, but since he’s been granted legal status, I don’t know if he’s any longer employed.

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM

AP why don’t you try reading the immigration law before commenting. Crossing the border illegally even once is a CRIME. It’s a federal misdemeanor punishable by a fine and 6 months in prison. Crossing into the US again after being deported is a federal felony. The law has been on the books since 1929.

Hera on April 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Is Obama’s illegal alien Aunt Zatutti still living off the backs of tax payers in Boston? How about his drunk driving uncle?

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

…Laws…are ONLY enforced on US citizens!
…and they only pick and choose the ones …’they’ want to enforce.

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 4:38 PM

The immigration “problem”, assuming one considers to be one at all, is resolving itself. Mexico is becoming a home for manufacturing. Automakers and other producers are opening plants for North American markets in Mexico rather than the US. So, more Mexicans will stay in Mexico and the US will have fewer manufacturing jobs.

MJBrutus on April 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Boehner/Cantor push to add a measure to the National Defense Authorization Act granting amnesty to any illegal alien who joins the military so that Harry Reid can attach the Gang of Eight Bill to it and pass it through the Senate

The GOP betrays United States citizens and legal immigrants… by stealth.

Using this method it’s much more difficult to strip the provision out of an existing bill than it is to kill it as a separate bill, and Reid can simply attach the Gang of Eight bill to the National Defense Authorization Act the House has passed with the amnesty for illegals who join the US military in it and ram it through the Senate and send it to Obama for signature.

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Oh, Obama doesn’t enforce the law? Say it isn’t so!

oldennis on April 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

So, yes, she’s still living off the backs of tax payers. His uncle did have a job at a liquor store, but since he’s been granted legal status, I don’t know if he’s any longer employed.

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM

The obamas should take them into the WH, on their own dole. obama doesn’t even help his relatives, but the taxpayers do.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I hope that Boehner and all the traitors go to Hell, beyond the 9th layer. I hate them more than obama.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

All the reps who are for amnesty, out, out, out, with zero exceptions. They are traitors to the land and her children, and to all legal US workers.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

LA Times: Illegals inside the U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before Obama took office

Well, duh! Remember, it’s Eric “Constitution? What Constitution?” Holder in charge.

I recall someone taking an “Oath Of Office”…
Seven Percent Solution on April 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

The genius voters even made him repeat it!

KS Rex on April 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Call and email your congress members and tell them that if they allow Boehnor and Cantor to attach that amnesty for illegal aliens who’ve joined the US military to the National Defense Authorization Act, a must pass bill, so that Harry Reid can attach the Schumer-Rubio Bill ( AKA Gang of Eight Bill) to the legislation and ram it through the senate …. you’ll never vote for any member who had a hand in it again.

This is the only way to stop Boehnor and Cantor from betraying US citizens and legal immigrants by passing a bill with an amnesty provision in it that Reid can parlay into passing the Gang of Eight bill and granting amnesty to all 12 million illegal aliens currently at large in this nation.

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Amen, Paldin. As do I.

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

The immigration “problem”, assuming one considers to be one at all, is resolving itself. Mexico is becoming a home for manufacturing. Automakers and other producers are opening plants for North American markets in Mexico rather than the US. So, more Mexicans will stay in Mexico and the US will have fewer manufacturing jobs.

MJBrutus on April 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Fla. illegal on welfare for 20 years shows others how to milk system

May 31, 2013 by Janeen Capizola

“Welfare is not a career opportunity,” unless you’re an illegal immigrant, mother of seven on food stamps, and collecting social security, of all things, in the great state of Florida.

Fox News’ Steve Harrigan reported on the completely out-of-control food stamp program in Fla. with a story that will set your teeth on edge.

Illegal immigrant Marita Nelson, 50, is a single mother of seven who collects $240 in food stamps, receives child support, and “government funded housing, medication and $700 a month in social security.” And she has been getting assistance for the last 20 years. Twenty years. Now Nelson wants others in her situation to know they can get the same help.

How she possibly collects social security isn’t explained, but Harrigan reported on Florida’s federal assistance recruiters who sign people – “clients” – up for “multiple federal aid programs at the same time.”

The goal of these recruiters is to “increase federal aid to Florida by one billion dollars a year,” Harrigan said.

And with story after story of people like Nelson, it sadly sounds like the state stays right on track.

I included another example of reality for you KosBoy.

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Paldin… Paladin. I’m sorry. The impact of the moment forced the typo.

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

How cute. A cry for attention. Consider this your last drop from me, so enjoy it to its fullest.

MJBrutus on April 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

How cute. A cry for attention. Consider this your last drop from me, so enjoy it to its fullest.

MJBrutus on April 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

From HA’s biggest attention wh0re, I have to be thankful. Next time, when you drop, please flush, KosBoy.

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

When a President refuses to ENFORCE THE LAWS of the United States, and as a result endangers the lives of American Citizens and LEGAL residents, he/she should be IMPREACHED.

Which Senator will be strong enough to begin the IMPEACHMENT process?

wren on April 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

So, the Leaker-in-Chief isn’t the Deporter-in-Chief after all?

Who would have ever guessed that information coming out of the Obama Administration was full of sh*t?

PD Quig on April 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Oops. Obviously “IMPREACHED” should be IMPEACHED.

wren on April 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Illegals inside the U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before obama took office

This stunning ‘BREAKING NEWS’ really excites Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, John McCain, and the entire GOP establishment AMNESTY cabal.

Pork-Chop on April 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Or replace the whole dang bill, like he did with 404care…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

And if you’re a criminal alien, somewhere south of zero.

Ward Cleaver on April 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Which Senator will be strong enough to begin the IMPEACHMENT process?

wren on April 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Articles of Impeachment are initiated and voted upon in the House–the impeachment trial and verdict are rendered in the Senate.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Sixty-eight thousand illegals with criminal records were released last year. What’s the target number this year?

Lemme guess…

7 million?

workingclass artist on April 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

You mean zero LIED about the deportation numbers?? I’m shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that such a thing has happened!

Newtie and the Beauty

Know what’s even more shocking? Hispanics voted for him in even larger numbers the second time around despite his bragging about what a great deporter he was. So much for the “we have to get past deportations or they won’t vote for us/Romney lost because he said self-deport” nonsense spewed by idiot republican politicians and water carriers like those here at HotAir.

xblade on April 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Which Senator will be strong enough to begin the IMPEACHMENT process?

wren

Most republicans are fully on board with what he’s doing(on this issue and most others), so why would they impeach him?

xblade on April 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

As usual when I posted these points, which I had gleanedfrom another site several days ago, I was roundly attacked by the rabid LBGT posters at Lubbock Avalanche Journal. Blind, they are. It’s pretty scary what is happening in our nation.

And, then…… those bisons fleeing Yellowstone.
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/593833-yellowstone-volcano-eruption-in-2014-some-believe-animals-are-fleeing-park-see-it-as-an-alert/2/

avagreen on April 2, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Know what’s even more shocking? Hispanics voted for him in even larger numbers the second time around despite his bragging about what a great deporter he was. So much for the “we have to get past deportations or they won’t vote for us/Romney lost because he said self-deport” nonsense spewed by idiot republican politicians and water carriers like those here at HotAir.

xblade on April 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The Mexican government doesn’t do crap for their citizens, that’s why they come here. They hear how well our government treats people and how well they can live off of the government freebies. The RINO’s lover cheap labor, thus, a match made in hell.

DDay on April 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Oops. Obviously “IMPREACHED” should be IMPEACHED.

wren on April 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

*smiling* He was obviously impreached, too, in the past. (Not so)Rev. Wright’s church.

avagreen on April 2, 2014 at 5:50 PM

DDay on April 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Uh no. The fact that they are not wards of a welfare state is the reason that they have such good work ethic. They have come here to get jobs not to leach off the state. And they will be coming in fewer numbers because their government has been improving order and infrastructure. Employers are building plants South of the border to hire these energetic workers.

MJBrutus on April 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Mr. Obama and the Democrats want as many illegal immigrants in this country as possible.

oldennis on April 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

King Barack has yet to meet an illegal that he did not view as a future Democratic vote.

SCREW THE CITIZENS.

GarandFan on April 2, 2014 at 6:54 PM

I think Barry BAMMMMSTAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DA MANNNNNNNNNN BAMMMY BABYYY!!!!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL BUDDY OL PALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YYYYYYAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Seven on April:19 P

cableguy615 on April 2, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Employers are building plants South of the border to hire these energetic workers.

MJBrutus on April 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Can they make it a priority to hire the gangsters, sluggards, drunkards, and third world infirmed? That would be great, cause we don’t need those reprobates here in America. You reprobates already here are destructive enough.

Murphy9 on April 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Uh no. The fact that they are not wards of a welfare state is the reason that they have such good work ethic. They have come here to get jobs not to leach off the state. And they will be coming in fewer numbers because their government has been improving order and infrastructure. Employers are building plants South of the border to hire these energetic workers.

MJBrutus on April 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

You must be a comedian, because this is one funny post.

DDay on April 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I’m sorry. The impact of the moment forced the typo.

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Never to worry, J.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 12:35 AM