Anyone who wondered how the Obama administration could continue to claim record deportations despite taking measures to halt enforcement should read Rep. Lamar Smith’s op-ed today where he talks about the number games played by the DHS to make it seem like they are tough on illegal immigration.

9th Circuit Rules Against “Ageing Out” of Green Card Applications

“Children of green card holders who applied for special visas, but who turned 21, waiting for their paperwork to be processed will no longer lose their spot in line. A federal appeals court has ruled that immigration officials must give priority status to thousands of green card applicants who lost their place in line for U.S. residency when they turned 21,” Fox News Latino says.

“A narrowly divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday that the United States Citizen and Immigration Services wrongly determined the applicants were no longer eligible for special visas as children of green card holders after they turned 21.”

Lamar Smith: DHS’ Record Numbers Don’t Add Up

“Obama administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security claim they are on track to deport a record number of illegal immigrants this year. But on closer examination, the administration’s numbers simply don’t add up,” says Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “Internal Homeland Security documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee reveal that President Obama’s administration has inflated the figures to achieve its so-called historic deportation numbers. These documents show that administration officials have fabricated their statistics by adding more than 140,000 removals to their deportation figures for the past two years.”

Contracting Company That Enables Illegal Work Files Suit Against Utah Law

“Immigration-related provisions of the state’s construction license law are unconstitutional, a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court claims . . . The complaint, filed by attorneys representing Universal Contracting, LLC, asks the federal court to “declare invalid and permanently enjoin the enforcement of the immigration-related portions” of SB35,” the Deseret News says.

“Universal, based in American Fork, has about 700 owners who work in a wide array of construction trades. The limited-liability company oversees business functions for members, such as payroll, taxes and other accounting matters. Moore said Universal has not had a single consumer complaint in its history.”

Nothing is as Permanent as Temporary Status

“TPS is routinely extended, as in the Haitian case, and no one has ever been made to go home because their TPS expired — no one. Liberian illegals who received it more than two decades ago are still here, legally, albeit not as citizens, a matter that is inconsequential to most of them,” says CIS executive director Mark Krikorian at National Review.

“This is relevant to the larger question of the president’s illegal amnesty for up to 2 million DREAMer illegal aliens — the administration keeps protesting that this is just a temporary reprieve and nothing more, which is why they claim it’s not an amnesty.”