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Andrew McCarthy: Obama 'Not Enforcing the Law' on Immigration

By    |   Monday, 31 Mar 2014 05:32 PM

The Obama administration's claims of enforcing strict deportation standards were undercut Monday with the release of a report showing that 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds were set free last year.

The report comes from the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that supports strict enforcement of immigration laws, and is based on an internal memo from the Department of Homeland Security.

That document shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials encountered 193,357 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions but released more than 67,800 of them. The remaining 125,478 were not issued charging documents, according to The Hill.

The Obama administration has been criticized by Democrats and liberal groups for the high numbers of deportations under his administration, expelling some 396,000 illegal immigrants each year since 2009, compared to about 252,000 a year under the George W. Bush administration, the Pew Research Center reports.

Andrew McCarthy, senior fellow at the National Review Institute, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV on Monday that the new figures are just the latest evidence that President Barack Obama doesn't really care about enforcing the nation's immigration laws and has tweaked the reporting to reach those high deportation numbers.

"The way that they've gotten away with this is they have inflated their number of deportations from the very beginning, so that, for example, they were caught a couple of years ago taking the numbers of thousands of people who voluntarily departed the country and taking the numbers of people who they've turned away at the border and including them in their deportation numbers so that they could run around and say they have a very aggressive deportation record," McCarthy said.

"Under the radar of that story, which is really a nonsense story when you look at it, what you're finding is that they're basically not enforcing the law."

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McCarthy said Congress should take matters into its own hands if the White House won't get tough on illegal immigrants.

"What Congress could do is start to cut off money from Obama administration elements, including Homeland Security," he said. "I mean, for example, if they're not going to enforce the immigration laws, why do they need the budget that they have? We should start slashing their budget."


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