Administration 'cooked the books' on deportation numbers
This is astonishing. The Daily Caller reports that documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee show that the Obama administration falsfied reports of record deportation of illegals.
Based in internal documents from ICE, deportations are actually down.
According to the committee's review, in 2011 officials at the Department of Homeland Security began including the number of individuals removed through the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP) in its annual removal numbers. ATEP is a program which moves apprehended illegal immigrants to another point along the border.
The committee chair claims that counting those individuals as removals is misleading because there are no repercussions for illegal immigrants who are deported through the program, and they can simply try to re-enter.
"It is dishonest to count illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border as ICE removals," Smith explained in a statement. "And these 'removals' from the Border Patrol program do not subject the illegal immigrant to any penalties or bars for returning to the U.S. This means a single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be removed numerous times in a single year -- and counted each time as a removal."
Given the new information, the committee's Republican majority subtracted the ATEP removals from ICE's deportation totals.
With the ATEP subtraction, in 2011 the estimated 397,000 deportations become approximately 360,000, and the 2012 removals to date drop from about 334,000 to an estimated 263,000, according to the committee estimates. Projections for number of people to be deported by end of the year drops from 400,000 to 315,000 removals.
The administration has been talking out of both sides of its mouth on enforcement anyway, with Obama issuing his executive order applying the DREAM act to some illegals while claiming record deportations. The political calculation of this guy is so cynical, with the entire executive branch of government enlisted in his re-election campaign.
Clinton was bad. He was selling access to the Lincoln bedroom and using commerce department waivers to get campaign cash.
This guy is worse.