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NYT: Enforcing Immigration Laws Is Too Costly

From the New York Times:

Huge Amounts Spent on Immigration, Study Finds

By JULIA PRESTON | January 7, 2013

The Obama administration spent nearly $18 billion on immigration enforcement last year, significantly more than its spending on all the other major federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report published Monday by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group in Washington.

The Migration Policy Institute is not a "nonpartisan research group." It is a radical open borders organization funded by George Soros and the rest of the usual suspects. (See details below.)

Based on the vast resources devoted to monitoring foreigners coming into the country and to detaining and deporting illegal immigrants, immigration control has become “the federal government’s highest criminal law enforcement priority,” the report concluded.

In recent years, it found, the two main immigration enforcement agencies under the Department of Homeland Security have referred more cases to the courts for prosecution than all of the Justice Department’s law enforcement agencies combined, including the F.B.I., the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Total spending on those agencies was $14 billion, official figures show…

Spending on immigration enforcement was 15 times greater last year than in 1986, the report found.

Could that be because back in 1986 we had just given the illegals amnesty?

The report responds to lawmakers, mainly Republicans, who have argued that federal authorities must do much more to strengthen enforcement before Congress can consider any legalization for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country…

You see how "nonpartisan" it is?

According to the report, financing, staffing and technology investments for the Border Patrol have reached “historic highs,” while apprehensions of illegal border crossers have plunged by 53 percent since 2008.

Gee, that wouldn’t have anything to do with who is in the White House, would it?

As a result of huge increases in spending, deportations have also “increased dramatically,” the report says, with far more immigrants removed in expedited proceedings that do not involve any formal proceeding before an immigration judge.

The budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which handles interior enforcement and detention, has increased by 87 percent since 2005, to nearly $6 billion, according to the report. The number of foreigners the agency detains annually increased to 429,247 in 2011. In December, the agency announced it had deported 410,000 foreigners in 2012, giving Mr. Obama the record for the highest number of removals during his term.

And there is no way the administration would be fudging these numbers.

“As a result of 25 years of investment,” said Doris Meissner, an author of the report who is a senior fellow at the institute, “the bulwark is fundamentally in place.” She said the existing system made it unlikely that an immigration overhaul could unleash a new wave of illegal migration, like the surge since the amnesty of 1986.

Ms. Meissner, who served as commissioner of the immigration service in the Clinton administration, said public perceptions of uncontrolled migration across the border with Mexico “have not caught up with the reality.” …

And we should believe her. And not our lying eyes.

From Discover the Networks:


1400 16th Street NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

* Seeks the dissolution of U.S. borders, and the legalization of illegal immigrants currently in America
* Works closely with the National Council of La Raza and the American Civil Liberties Union…

MPI [supports]: (a) “self-governance at the border,” whereby communities that straddle a national border manage their own affairs rather than being forced to abide by policies set in Washington; (b) a more permissive U.S. refugee admissions and resettlement policy; and (c) increased social welfare benefits for illegal immigrants residing in the United States.

MPI [seeks] to erase the border between the U.S. and Mexico; to move beyond "absolute notions of sovereignty"; to recognize "a clear convergence in the labor markets of both countries [and] the re-conceptualization of the common border and the border region as a line of convergence rather than separation"; and to create "a North America with gradually disappearing border controls … with permanent migration remaining at moderate levels." …

We should listen to them. They clearly have our best interest at heart.

MPI receives financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Center for Global Development, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Ford Foundation, the European Commission, the European Union Delegation to the United States, the Fannie Mae Foundation… the government of Italy, the government of Mexico… the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Council of State Legislatures, the Open Society Institute [Soros], the South East Asian Resource Action Center, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement…

The government of Mexico, the UN, and even the Fannie Mae Foundation? Sheesh.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NYT: Enforcing Immigration Laws Is Too Costly”

  1. Anonymoose says:

    George Soros has caused more disruption and wielded more political power than any person since J. Edgar Hoover. I always tell people who are just starting to pay attention to politics to question the source; most of these well-funded “grassroots” organizations are just another turn of the leftist wheel.

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