House Judiciary Committee says Obama Fudging Deportation Figures

According to the House Judiciary Committee, the Obama Administration is fudging the numbers in claims it is deporting “record” numbers of illegal aliens.  Led by Rep Lamar Smith, the committee accused Obama  of inflating the numbers by including illegal aliens apprehended at the border in the total of those deported.

Observers have noted some strange things, as Obama touts his Administration’s deportations given the fact that is immigration deputies have flatly stated that they will not deport illegal immigrants who meet the criteria of the failed DREAM Act, a position Obama himself made official in June, when he announced that young illegals were free to stay in the country.

The Real Numbers

With documents from ICE the committee put together the true numbers of deportations.  They “show that the Obama administration is cooking the books to achieve their so-called ‘record’ deportation numbers for illegal immigrants and that removals are actually significantly down — not up — from 2009,” the committee reported in a release.  The fact is, Obama starting to cook the books last year.

At the satrt of 2011, the committee discovered that Obama administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security started to include numbers from the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP) in its year-end removal numbers.

ATEP is a joint effort between ICE and Customs and Border Protection that transfers illegal immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border to another point along the Southwest border for removal. But it is illegitimate to count illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the Southwest border as ICE removals.

So the ATEP numbers dramatically changes the number of deportations under Obama, which makes the numbers for 2012 20% lower than those in 2009.  The committee further stated that ATEP removals are subtracted from ICE’s deportation numbers, the 2011 removal total would drop from approximately 397,000 to roughly 360,000 and the 2012 removal total would drop from about 334,000 to around 263,000 (annualized this is estimated to be a drop from about 400,000 to 315,000).

New American

This means that ICE removals for this year will be about 14% below 2008 (369,000) and 19% below 2009 (389,000).

The internal documents also reveal a discrepancy between arrests and actual removals. Specifically, ICE has reported 221,656 arrests yet report 334,249 removals for 2012 so far — a discrepancy of nearly 112,000 removals.  With this information, Smith says he isn’t happy about the administration’s inflation of the deportation numbers.

Smith added:

Internal Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee reveal that President Obama and other administration officials have falsified their record to achieve their so-called historic deportation numbers.

Administration officials claim that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported a record number of illegal immigrants but the facts show that they have fabricated their deportation statistics by illegitimately adding over 100,000 removals to their deportation figures for the past two years.  New American

But the padding of the mumbers by the Administration comes as no surprise.  Data from ICE, which goes back to 2007, show an increase of deportations of about 27%, from that year through 2008, from 291,060 to 369,221. By the close of 2009, the first full year of the Obama administration, they rose to 389,834, a mere 5.6% beyond 2008.

And it continues.

Obama’s DREAM Amnesty

We have to remember how in June Obama issued his executive order which granted young illegals amnesty to remain in this country, provided they have no criminal record, if they were brought to this country by illegal parent, and were under age 16 at the time.  On August 15, when the amnesty took effect and illegals could officially apply, the lines were more than a mile long in some cities. Those lines don’t bode well for Americans, who live in an economy wracked by 8.3 percent unemployment.

Illegals are a serious drain on the American taxpayers.  According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 26 percent of illegals live in poverty. As well, 47 percent of illegals use welfare, CIS reported.Thirty-nine percent use food assistance and 35 percent use Medicaid.

CIS estimated that the cost of educating illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children is more than $39 billion annually. It also reported that about .6.5 million illegals, 62 percent of the 10.5 million here, do not carry health insurance. They are 14.6 percent of the uninsured population.  New American

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