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Work Site Arrests Of Illegals Way Down

From the Washington Times:

Work site arrests of illegals fall dramatically

Stephen Dinan

November 19, 2009

Arrests of illegal immigrant workers have dropped precipitously under President Obama, according to figures released Wednesday.

Criminal arrests, administrative arrests, indictments and convictions of illegal immigrants at work sites all fell by more than 50 percent from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009.

The figures show that Mr. Obama has made good on his pledge to shift enforcement away from going after illegal immigrant workers themselves – but at the expense of Americans’ jobs, said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the Republican who compiled the numbers from the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE)…

The numbers were released just days after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the administration has made such advances on border security that Congress should now work on legalizing illegal immigrants

According to the newly released figures, administrative arrests of violators of immigration laws fell 68 percent from 2008 to 2009, criminal arrests fell 60 percent, criminal indictments fell 58 percent and convictions fell 63 percent

In an April memo, Marcy M. Forman, director of ICE’s Office of Investigation, laid out the new enforcement policy.

She said arresting illegal immigrant workers is still important but the focus must shift to employers.

"Enforcement efforts focused on employers better target the root causes of illegal immigration," she said, pointing to numbers that showed that under the Bush administration in 2008, employers made up just 2 percent of all work site arrests.

She also said ICE agents also should go after employers not just for hiring, but also look for mistreatment of workers and evidence of human trafficking, identity fraud or money laundering…

As the article notes, Obama administration wasn’t kidding when they said they were going to stop nabbing illegal aliens, as we noted back in July.

But just think of all of the jobs that could be saved or created by enforcing our laws against illegal aliens working in this country.

By the way, President Bill Clinton arrested illegal aliens at twice the rate as did his successor, President Bush.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Work Site Arrests Of Illegals Way Down”

  1. Chuckk says:

    Why bother arresting them? Soon they won’t be illegal any more.

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