This Date in Obama’s Administrative Amnesty: March 8, 2012

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This Date in Obama's Administrative AmnestyThe prize for fastest review of deportation cases should have been given to former Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton. Tomorrow is two years from the date when Morton told Congress that his agency had finished half of its review of pending deportation cases.  Morton had started this process after Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on August 18, 2011 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be engaging in a full on review of all pending and incoming deportation cases to determine whether they qualified for prosecutorial discretion.

To finish half of its review by this date, ICE was evaluating deportation matters at a break-neck speed, likely tossing many cases straight into the administrative amnesty file without much serious consideration of their merits. From the review’s start date on December 5, 2011 until March 8, 2012, ICE reviewed 150,000* cases. That comes down to a rate of approximately 2,500 cases per work day.  A diligent review of cases by ICE in 2012 should have seriously considered the facts and law involved to determine whether a removal is worth pursuing. A comprehensive analysis could not have occurred at that rapid speed.  Immigration cases are complex and deserve more than a casual glance.

Review of immigration cases is not an Olympic sport, although some people like John Morton who want to push cases to the amnesty finish line are willing to turn the process into one.  Two years ago, this review was one of the many ways administrative amnesty was granted. Even though Morton’s time as ICE Director concluded and now Interim Director John Sandweg has left ICE too, the Obama Administration is still pushing for amnesty. It’s time they stopped playing these amnesty games and adequately represented the interests of the American people, and that’s what should be done quickly.

Read more at FAIR’s President Obama’s Record of Dismantling Immigration Enforcement.

*[original version said 15,000]

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  1. avatar

    Where is Amnesty Mentioned in Our Constitutional Laws?

    I know, you open border pundits come up nada. But enforcement of immigration laws is on the Current Constitutional Laws on the books.

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    Finally a few weeks ago, saw a video on the National Hispanic Leadership. The Evangelical leader is REV. SAMMY RODRIQUEZ. HE KNOWS THE RIGHT WAY FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT.

    He stated amnesty is not an option. Why should those who have already applied be pushed back. GO TO THE END OF THE LINE.

    SECURE THE BORDERS, NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.

    NO GOVERNMENT ENTITLEMENTS.

    GET A GUEST WORKER PERMIT AND FOLLOW THE LAW OF THE LAND. ANY OTHER PATHWAY IF NOT

    WITHIN THE LAW IS MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE.. HE UNDERSTANDS THE WORD, LEGALIZATION. AMEN TO THAT.

    HIS FOOD FOR THOUGHT. “UNCLE SAM MAY BE OUR UNCLE. BUT HE WILL NEVER BE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THIS REV. FOR KNOWING THAT THE ENDS DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS!

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    I believe the 15,000 figure is a mistake. According to the blue link “finished half”, it’s 150,000. Which makes it far worse and only illustrates that it’s nothing but a rubber stamp process. Just like happened in 1986, when hundreds of thousands of people got agricultural worker amnesty when a lot didn’t know a cucumber from a squash.