President Obama Has Essentially Instituted De Facto Amnesty

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Sen. Jeff Sessions

The United States has de facto amnesty in place for anyone here illegally who manages to get passed the border thanks to the deportation policy of President Obama if the latest report from Sen. Sessions’ office is accurate.

Sen. Sessions released a report on the state of deportations last week. The report, “DHS Enforcement Data Reveals Administrative Amnesty Much Broader Than Previously Understood” indicates that deportations, except for felons, barely exists as a policy. The nation’s policy appears to be an open door policy.

Key points made in the article:

A review of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published statistics for 2013 reveal DHS has blocked the enforcement of immigration law for the overwhelming majority of violations, according to the report. [President Obama has asked the DHS chief to review deportations with the intent of reducing them even more.]

According to ICE’s published report on 2013 removals, 98% of all removals met one of the agency’s “enforcement priorities”: individuals who have been convicted of a serious criminal offense; those apprehended in the act of crossing the border; those who have been previously deported; and fugitives from the law.

Border apprehensions (which have never been considered deportations) and convicted criminals—account for 94% of the 368,000 removals (235,000 and 110,000, respectively).

Less than 0.2% of the approximately 12 million illegal immigrants and visa overstays in the U.S. were placed into removal proceedings who did not have serious criminal convictions on their record; only about .08% of the approximately 12 million were placed into removal proceedings who were neither convicted of a serious crime nor a repeat immigration violator.

Those who do not facially meet the Administration’s select “priorities” are free to illegally work in the United States and to receive taxpayer benefits, regardless of whether or not they come into contact with immigration enforcement.

The Administration’s priorities have…provided an executive amnesty not only to the great majority of the 12 million living here illegally today (including even the most recent arrivals) but to those who will violate immigration law tomorrow. It is an open invitation for a future immigrant to overstay a visa, or to enter the U.S. illegally, knowing that they will be immune from enforcement as long as they avoid being convicted of a felony or other serious crime once here.

This free pass from immigration law even applies to those with criminal records that do not rise to the level of an agency “priority.”

ICE officers are routinely forced to release those with criminal records who are considered eligible for “prosecutorial discretion,” based on the deemed seriousness of the criminal offense…And since ICE officers are frequently barred from issuing detainers (to prevent release on the underlying charge) until criminal suspects are actually convicted, many high-risk offenders are released on bond and flee from authorities before the trial ever takes place.