Largely because of the Obamacare disaster, liberals are beginning to panic over the coming 2014 midterm elections. They now hope to make immigration an issue with voters. If a report by the Center for Immigration Studies is any indication, that might not be a winner, either.
The CIS, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, research organization, found in 2013, of all illegal immigrants who were arrested and subsequently released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 35 percent were convicted criminals.
By "criminal," the agency is referring to people who have been convicted of a misdemeanour or felony that is not a traffic violation, the study's author Jessica Vaughan said. Worse, "The ... releases typically occur without formal notice to local law enforcement agencies and victims."
President Barack Obama has indicated the deportation of illegals is not a priority, and has instructed the agencies responsible for enforcement to adopt that attitude. As Vaughan noted in her report, "In 2013, ICE targeted only 195,000, or 25 percent, out of 722,000 potentially deportable aliens they encountered. ... Most of these aliens came to ICE's attention after incarceration for a local arrest."
Obama's indifference to border security is an enormous obstacle to any immigration bill. While indicating he will beef up security, he is first demanding action on the illegals already here. Republicans, the majority of whom do not disagree with amnesty for illegal immigrants in the country, want border security to be enforced immediately. They know past indifference by the Obama administration is proof of future inaction.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who earlier released his own report on the failure of border enforcement, echoed the CIS study. "The preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that immigration enforcement in America has collapsed," he said. "Even those with criminal convictions are being released. ... (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary (Jeh) Johnson must reject the President's demands to weaken enforcement further and tell him that his duty, and his officers' duty, is to enforce the law - not break it."
Many Americans might agree there is a need for immigration reform in this country. But what the president must understand is that you cannot reform a law by breaking it. Until Obama is willing to protect the border by enforcing the law, there can be no reform.