As we noted yesterday, Obama wants to forgive the trespassers of yesteryear—all five million of them—for breaking various laws (immigration/visa violations, forgery/ID fraud, tax evasion, etc.) in favor of going after the lawbreakers of today.
After six months of requests, Local 2 Investigates received information regarding the status of thousands of unaccompanied children and families caught illegally crossing the southern border over the summer and fall.
Total numbers are not yet available. The information provided to Local 2 by officials with the Executive Office of Immigration Review deal with those caught crossing the border between July 18 and Oct. 28 of this year.
Thousands of families from Central America caught crossing the border had to be released on their own recognizance because there wasn’t enough detention space. All were ordered to appear before an immigration judge at a later date.
According to the EOIR, of the 30,467 families and unaccompanied children caught crossing the border between July and October, only 22 percent have received a final disposition as to whether they will be allowed to stay in the U.S. or be deported.
Of the 15,614 families caught crossing the border, but not detained, 4,197 have been ordered removed from the U.S. However, 96 percent of those removal orders were done “in absentia.”
The EOIR states an “in absentia” order is done when a person fails to show in immigration court.
If I have this right, the courts ordered the deportation of 4,197 families, but only 167 families actually showed up to hear their fates decided. The other 4,030 vamoosed. Took a powder. Went on the lam. Perhaps they were busy “worship[ing] at our churches”, as Obama claimed they do. Whatever they were doing, they weren’t “get[ting] right with the law”.
Obama also said, “And let’s be honest -– tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic. Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you.”
And thousands? Are thousands possible? Hundreds? Scores? Dozens? A few? One?
He also said this:
[W]e’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.
This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future.
If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.
Will Obama wield his phone or pen—even just flap his gums in “executive action”—to enforce the law on just one of these border jumpers? Rhetorical question, of course. I have the unfriendly habit of actually quoting Obama’s insincere palaver back to him. Maybe it’ll be my New Year’s resolution to stop. Right after I learn Albanian.