Tags: Barack Obama | Immigration | Economic- Crisis | Obama Cabinet | illegal | aliens | jaywalkers

WH Official Equates Illegal Aliens With Jaywalkers

Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 02:55 PM

Some illegal immigrants are the equivalent of jaywalkers, while others are serious criminals, a White House official said in describing the administration’s focus on prioritizing deportations, CNSNews.com reported.

Cecilia Munoz, the White House’s intergovernmental affairs director, made the comment during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute conference this week.

"If you were running the police department of any urban area in this country, you would spend more resources going after serious criminals than after jaywalkers. DHS [Department of Homeland Security] is doing the immigration equivalent of the same thing," Munoz said.

Under the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy, immigration officials will prioritize deportation orders, targeting those convicted of serious crimes or who are a national security or public safety threat. The policy also directs agents to take into consideration how long illegal aliens have been in the country and whether they are married and have children.

"We have 10 million, 11 million undocumented people in this country and it's abundantly clear to anybody who's paying attention that we're not going to deport that entire population," Munoz said.

"It's not humanly possible. It's ridiculously expensive . . . and so what DHS is doing for the first time is trying to have a strategy around the law-enforcement work that it does, and so while it's enforcing the law vigorously . . . it's also making strategic judgments about who is a priority for enforcement and who isn't."

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Transgender Woman to Be Pennsylvania's Physician General

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 09:48 AM

A transgender physician will soon become Pennsylvania's new physician general, the Washington Blade reported. . . .

Twitter Launches Ability to Share 30-Second Videos

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 09:34 AM

Twitter is upgrading its mobile apps to let users capture, edit and post videos -- up to 30 seconds in length -- as the  . . .

Gary Sinise: Howard Dean's 'Sniper' Remarks Just 'Stupid'

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 08:14 AM

Conservative actor Gary Sinise has shot back at former presidential candidate Howard Dean for making "stupid blanket sta . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved