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OBAMA TO NOW DEPORT ILLEGALS BY PRIORITY

Posted by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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Obama to deport illegals by ‘priority'

Case-by-case plan will curb numbers

** FILE ** Migrants from Latin America and Asia leave a truck that was heading to the United States after being detected by X-ray equipment at a checkpoint. Police in Mexico's southern Chiapas state found more than 500 migrants May 17 inside two trailer trucks. (Associated Press)** FILE ** Migrants from Latin America and Asia leave a truck that was heading to the United States after being detected by X-ray equipment at a checkpoint. Police in Mexico's southern Chiapas state found more than 500 migrants May 17 inside two trailer trucks. (Associated Press)

Stephen Dinan

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The Washington Times

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members' care.

The move marks a major step for President Obama, who for months has said he does not have broad categorical authority to halt deportations and said he must follow the laws as Congress has written them.

But in letters to Congress on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she does have discretion to focus on "priorities" and that her department and the Justice Department will review all ongoing cases to see who meets the new criteria.

"This case-by-case approach will enhance public safety," she said. "Immigration judges will be able to more swiftly adjudicate high-priority

cases, such as those involving convicted felons."

The move won immediate praise from Hispanic activists and Democrats who had strenuously argued with the administration that it did have authority to take these actions, and said as long as Congress is deadlocked on the issue, it was up to Mr. Obama to act.

"Today's announcement shows that this president is willing to put muscle behind his words and to use his power to intervene when the lives of good people are being ruined by bad laws," said Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, who has taken a leadership role on the issue since the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in 2009.

The new rules apply to those who have been apprehended and are in deportation proceedings, but have not been officially ordered out of the country by a judge.

Ms. Napolitano said a working group will try to come up with "guidance on how to provide for appropriate discretionary consideration" for "compelling cases" in instances where someone already has been ordered deported.

Administration officials made the announcement just before Mr. Obama left for a long vacation out of Washington, and as members of Congress are back in their home districts.

The top House Republican on the Judiciary Committee said the move is part of a White House plan "to grant backdoor amnesty to illegal immigrants."

"The Obama administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them," said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican. "The Obama administration should not pick and choose which laws to enforce. Administration officials should remember the oath of office they took to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land."

Immigration legislation has been stalled in Congress for years as the two parties have sparred over what to include.

Republicans generally favor stricter enforcement and a temporary program that would allow workers in the country for some time, but eventually return to their home countries. Democrats want the legislation to include legalization of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the country, and want the future guest-worker program to also include a path to citizenship so those workers can stay permanently.

Since 2007, when the issue stalled in the Senate, more than 1 million illegal immigrants have been deported.

Democrats said those deportations are breaking up families and that it's an unfair punishment for a broken system.

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pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 8:49 AM

We have a proper way to get into the U.S.A. but instead we allow others to come in illegally.  Those that have gone thru the process should consider the above a slap in the face. 

denise3680
by Platinum Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 8:51 AM

I think it is a good idea to start deporting the ones who are nothing but trouble.  IF they have been here and never gotten introuble then they should be made to pay a fine and start their paperwork for citizneship. 

pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 8:53 AM

We HAVE BEEN deporting those that are trouble AND those that break the law that come into this country illegally.

Quoting denise3680:

I think it is a good idea to start deporting the ones who are nothing but trouble.  IF they have been here and never gotten introuble then they should be made to pay a fine and start their paperwork for citizneship. 


denise3680
by Platinum Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:04 AM

I know we have I am talking about theones that are real trouble instead of focusing on the ones that are causing no trouble at all.  I realize they have committed a crime for being here illegal but many are here to improve their situation and just be a part of this country without trouble, the ones I am talking about are the ones who are trouble, in jail or prison, do not work basically a real drain on society. Start with them first and then manage the rest.

pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM

I am floored by your response.  What do you think all of Law Enforcement have doing on the Southwest border?  Playing cards?  Thay have been going after illegals that are crossing into the U.S. illegally and TRYING  to catch up with those that are causing murders and crimes.  So what do we need to do now?  Have LE sit around watch those come across illegally and wait for them to cause a SECOND crime? 

Quoting denise3680:

I know we have I am talking about theones that are real trouble instead of focusing on the ones that are causing no trouble at all.  I realize they have committed a crime for being here illegal but many are here to improve their situation and just be a part of this country without trouble, the ones I am talking about are the ones who are trouble, in jail or prison, do not work basically a real drain on society. Start with them first and then manage the rest.


denise3680
by Platinum Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I am floored that you think I am talking about the ones getting caught at the border, send their asses back right away.  They Are not the ones I am talking about, I am talking about the ones that are already in the US.  If they have gotten introuble, other than being here illegal, like murder, robbing, stealing things like that, or are in prison jail probation then get rid of them first and right away.  If they are not getting in trouble, are productive citizens, working, maintaining, going to school or whatever, they should be made to pay fines, start their paperwork for citizenship and then the businesses that hired them should be fined and made to pay a minimum of 3 years of back taxes to the government for hiring illegals.

conniecabe
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM

There's another thread on this same topic that has more replies.  Is there a way to consolidate?

pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM

And this is what has been happening!  What the Obama administration is doing is catering to La Raza and getting future votes.  This has nothing to do with doing the right thing for America.  Last night there was a drug raid in Detroit.  40 illegals were rounded up during that raid.  Why because they were linked tto the drug runners and cartels. ICE refused to take them initially because THEY WERE ILLEGALS.  LE jhad to go to the AUSA's office and ask THEM to do something.  This is insane!!!!

Quoting denise3680:

I am floored that you think I am talking about the ones getting caught at the border, send their asses back right away.  They Are not the ones I am talking about, I am talking about the ones that are already in the US.  If they have gotten introuble, other than being here illegal, like murder, robbing, stealing things like that, or are in prison jail probation then get rid of them first and right away.  If they are not getting in trouble, are productive citizens, working, maintaining, going to school or whatever, they should be made to pay fines, start their paperwork for citizenship and then the businesses that hired them should be fined and made to pay a minimum of 3 years of back taxes to the government for hiring illegals.


pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Not sure.

Quoting conniecabe:

There's another thread on this same topic that has more replies.  Is there a way to consolidate?


dustinsmom1
by JENN on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:49 AM

 IF THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY THEY ARE ALREADY CRIMINALS!!!!

Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist'!

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