Enforce Immigration Laws
Published : September 6, 2011
To the Editor:
“The Nation’s Cruelest Immigration Law” (editorial, Aug. 29), about a lawsuit by four church leaders against new restrictions by Alabama on undocumented immigrants, says that those who support enforcing immigration laws “have made many in this country forget who and what we are.” Indeed, I think The New York Times seems to have forgotten who and what we are.
The United States was founded on law and justice. The only earthly hope of protecting the equality and dignity of all mankind is with a rule of law that holds both the janitor and the senator completely equal in both benefit and constraint. This was the founders’ dream.
We are a nation of immigrants, but we are a nation of legal immigrants. Failing to enforce our immigration laws encourages more illegal immigration, which unjustly prolongs the wait of legal immigrants who are playing by the book and who have often waited years to become American citizens.
The Obama administration has arrogantly refused to enforce existing immigration laws, and states have been left with no option but to enforce the laws and protect their citizens themselves. Indeed, in the first half of this year alone, nearly 250 new immigration laws and resolutions were enacted in 40 states.
Enforcing the law is not mean-spirited. Rather, it is a noble element of the American spirit. Enforcing immigration laws protects American lives, establishes a fair process for legal immigrants in search of freedom and ensures that America remains the beacon of freedom for the entire family of mankind.
Peoria, Ariz., Aug. 30, 2011
The writer, a Republican, is a member of the House of Representatives from Arizona.
The Obama administration has arrogantly refused to enforce existing immigration laws, and states have been left with no option but to enforce the laws and protect their citizens themselves [/QUOTE]
fwiw deportations are up under Obama compared to Bush. Way up. With Reagan's 1986 amnesty it would seem that democrats are more active on immigration than republicans.
[QUOTE=bitonti;4131133]fwiw deportations are up under Obama compared to Bush. Way up. With Reagan's 1986 amnesty it would seem that democrats are more active on immigration than republicans.[/QUOTE]
forget " the fence " ,
build a . . .
~ ~ . . . But Cook County's new ordinance is the first to forbid a sheriff from holding suspected felons as well as those accused of misdemeanors.
"It puts residents at risk, and it puts my police officers at risk," said Rod Craig, mayor of Hanover Park in suburban Chicago, who is livid about the release of three suspected illegal immigrants charged with assaulting two officers and trying to take one of their guns . . .
Obama administration reports record number of deportations
The Obama administration deported a record number of illegal immigrants for the third straight year, according to figures released Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Despite facing criticism from both sides of the political spectrum, officials promised to continue the White House policy of prioritizing for removal those illegal immigrants with criminal convictions.
Of the 396,906 deportations from October 2010 through September of this year, more than half were illegal immigrants with felony or misdemeanor convictions, a percentage that has increased steadily since the end of the George W. Bush administration.The annual total was about 4,000 more deportations than the record set in the previous year.
Officials often have credited the increase to programs such as Secure Communities, which checks the immigration status of individuals fingerprinted at state and local jails and, if need be, notifies immigration authorities. Secure Communities has been deployed in 1,600 law enforcement jurisdictions across the country, and immigration officials plan to have the program deployed nationwide by 2013.
The steady increase in enforcement efforts comes at a time when the rate of immigrants coming into the U.S. illegally has decreased, in part due to the sluggish U.S. economy.The Obama administration decided in September to extend the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border through the end of the year, at a cost of about $10 million a month.