U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has just announced that 396,906 illegal aliens were removed from the United States in FY 2011, proudly claiming that immigration enforcement is at an “all time high.” What they failed to disclose is that fewer and fewer illegal aliens are being removed for immigration law violations. New ICE priorities suggest that in order to be deported, an illegal alien must have committed other crimes. In effect, breaking U.S. immigration law is no longer a deportable offense.

FAIR has carefully analyzed the trend. In 2009, 65 percent of removals were for immigration violations only. In 2011, that number has fallen to 45 percent. The downward trend represents a new hands-off policy for most illegal aliens living in the U.S. and is a core component of this administration’s affirmative dismantling of most interior immigration enforcement.

Read Bob Dane’s take on the Houdini-like tactics used by the Obama administration on FoxNews.com.