With the Senate version of the immigration coup de main against the American people launched by Marco Rubio and his Gang of Eight, and with President Obama following up in Nevada with his own four-part version, immigration-sanity patriots must gather all our weapons, aka "facts," for the struggle that's upon us.
Our challenge is made more difficult because so many of our fellow citizens, while on our side, are comprehensively—to borrow the word from the other side— uninformed. Consequently, bogus enforcement claims easily gull them, such as the howler that this administration is the all-time deportations champ. And our under-informed allies are ripe to be fooled by bogus enforcement features incorporated in the final congressional amnesty legislation that's soon to be dumped upon us.
Well, fool us once, shame on you. But fool us 93 times, shame on us!
Why 93? That's the number of distinct enforcement-gutting actions the administration took from January, 2009 through early July, 2012, as documented by the Federation for American Immigration Reform in their July, 2012 report, President Obama's Record of Dismantling Immigration Enforcement.
FAIR has done a great service by assembling them in chronological order and summarizing each with a brief, descriptive paragraph.
From the report's Foreword:
"This report details how the Obama Administration has carried out a policy of de facto amnesty for millions of illegal aliens through executive policy decisions. Since 2009, the Obama Administration has systematically gutted effective immigration enforcement policies, moved aggressively against state and local governments that attempt to enforce immigration laws, and stretched the concept of 'prosecutorial discretion' to a point where it has rendered many immigration laws meaningless. Remarkably, the Administration has succeeded in doing all this with barely a peep of protest from Congress."
So, to give you an idea, here are six outrages that give you a glimpse of the administration's bad faith on immigration.
1. June 3, 2009
Administration Delays E-Verify for Federal Contractors a 3rd Time
For a third time, DHS Secretary Napolitano delays compliance with a federal regulation requiring federal contractors to use E-Verify.
2. March 17, 2010
DOJ Threatens Employers Who Use E-Verify with Discrimination Investigations
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department Civil Rights Division and former board member of the open borders group CASA de Maryland, joins officials from USCIS to announce an information-sharing agreement that will increase investigations of employers who use E-Verify for possible discriminatory practices.
3. May 27, 2010
ICE Email Reveals Luxury Living in New Detention Facilities
ICE, working with a private prison contractor, upgraded nine detention facilities housing illegal aliens. An ICE email revealed that so called low-risk detainees will have visitors stay an unlimited time during a 12-hour window, be given access to unmonitored phone lines, email, and free Internet calling. Alien detainees will also be entertained with movie nights, bingo, arts and crafts, dance and cooking classes, tutoring, and computer training.
4. January 17, 2012
DHS Halts Roll-Out of Secure Communities in Alabama in Retaliation for HB 56
DHS told Alabama state officials that Secure Communities would be delayed because of “cost constraints.” However, in an email sent to members of the Alabama Congressional delegation, DHS admitted that suspending the program was retaliation for Alabama’s new immigration enforcement law, HB 56.
5. June 11, 2012
DOJ Plans to Sue Florida Over Effort to End Illegal Alien Voting
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez announced that DOJ would sue Florida in federal court over the state’s removal of ineligible voters, including aliens, from its voter registry. After reporters uncovered ineligible voters, the Florida Department of State investigated its voter rolls. To help the state remove illegal aliens and other ineligible voters, the Florida Department of State asked DHS to grant it access to the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement (SAVE) Program. After numerous delays by DHS, DOJ instead asked Florida to halt its investigation altogether.
6. June 22, 2012
President Promotes His Administrative Amnesty in Speech to Latino Elected Officials
In his speech to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), President Obama defended his administrative amnesty by saying, “What’s needed is immigration reform that finally lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws.” The President ignored that by unilaterally declaring a massive amnesty, he usurped Congressional authority and demonstrated disregard for our nation’s laws which Congress passed and Obama’s obligated to enforce.
After its list of 93, FAIR's report concluded with the online references for each count. Here's a paragraph from the Conclusion:
"This report details the numerous unilateral actions that the Obama Administration has taken to dismantle immigration enforcement since taking office in 2009. Some of these actions have been subtle, some deceptive, and others even brazen, but all have been designed to achieve a single purpose: to render enforcement of U.S. immigration laws ineffective."
Because of its subject matter, reading the entire report is difficult. But please at least read parts selectively and use it as a resource during the amnesty Armageddon that's engulfing us to persuade those who might believe false enforcement claims.
In the spirit of Ben Franklin: It's your country, but only if you work to keep it.