published Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Rule of law surprises illegal aliens

We've seen the increasingly brazen flouting of our nation's immigration laws since the Obama administration in effect halted deportation proceedings against hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who were already in the legal system.

But perhaps no case of disrespect for immigration law was more audacious than an incident that took place in Alabama recently.

Alabama has enacted a law to fight illegal immigration and the high medical, educational and other costs it places on taxpayers. The tough new law angered politicians and others who favor granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, and activist federal courts have blocked portions of the law from taking effect.

But emboldened by the Obama administration's lax approach to deportations, two illegal aliens from Mexico recently walked into an office of the U.S. Border Patrol in Mobile, Ala., and casually announced their illegal status.

Apparently to their surprise, they were promptly arrested, and they are now being held in Louisiana, awaiting possible deportation. That has infuriated pro-illegal-immigration activists, who are demanding the acknowledged lawbreakers' release.

Unfortunately, they may get their wish. The cases of the two arrested men may fall in the broad category of deportation cases that the Obama administration is seeking to halt. So even though the men voluntarily walked into a Border Patrol office and declared that they were in the United States in violation of our laws, they may be set free -- with no real fear that they will eventually be sent home.

We understand the argument that it would be difficult if not impossible to round up and deport all the millions of illegal aliens in our nation. But it is flat wrong for the administration to turn loose those who have already been detained. That undermines the rule of law, which is crucial to civil society.

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conservative said...

It should be obvious to even the most casual observer that Obamination wants to ingratiate himself with Hispanic voters. His continual contempt for the rule of law is disgusting. I can't wait to vote him out.

December 2, 2011 at 7:20 a.m.

I believe his actions rise to the level of treason. Allowing illegals to remain in the country so they can cancel out votes by legitimate citizens of the U.S. Foreign forces on U.S. soil stealing elections.

December 2, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
shoe_chucker said...

you guys are idiots.

"Deportations in the South have increased by more than 300 percent -- and even 500 percent in some areas -- since fiscal year 2005, a pace much faster than the national average. Nationwide, the number of people deported reached almost 400,000 this fiscal year, the largest number in history, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The fiscal year ended Sept. 30. In the area that includes Tennessee and Alabama, deportations increased from 3,480 in fiscal year 2005 to 15,363 in 2011. In the area that covers neighboring Georgia, the increase was even more dramatic, from 4,129 deportations in 2005 to 22,963 in 2011, ICE data shows. Starting with a low base figure makes the percentage increase look impressive, said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Reform, a national group that seeks to stop illegal immigration, among other things. "The concentration of the illegal population in the United States has shifted in recent years. It used to be concentrated in a few areas of the country like California, Texas," he said. "Now it has become more of a nationwide phenomenon, so you have this reality that you have more illegal immigrants living in more different places than you ever had before." The record number of deportations since President Barack Obama took office three years ago has drawn criticism from both sides of the debate.

Nearly 400,000 individuals were removed from the country in fiscal year 2011, which ended September 30, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. ICE Director John Morton trumpeted the news, calling it the result of "smart and effective immigration enforcement" that depends on "setting clear priorities for removal and executing on those priorities."

The 396,906 figure is indeed a record -- but not by much. A total of 392,862 people were deported in 2010 -- a difference of little more than 1%, according to ICE. Almost 390,000 people were deported the year before that.

Significantly larger increases in the total number of deportations occurred during George W. Bush's administration. Fewer than 120,000 people were deported in 2001, when Bush took office.

December 2, 2011 at 9:29 p.m.
hambone said...

The TFP opinion once was know for being truthful, but now it is just another rag tool of the right-wing parroting the drivil of Faux and Limpbaugh.

December 2, 2011 at 10:20 p.m.
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