CAPS — If anyone doubts that the Obama Administration has consistently undermined and sabotaged immigration law enforcement, the revelations of a recent hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest should lay those doubts to rest.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the chairman of the subcommittee, wanted to find out why deportations of illegal aliens from the interior declined from 236,000 in 2009 to 72,000 in 2015, a drop-off of 70 percent. Also, he wanted to know how this could have happened when the funding given to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased from $2.75 billion in 2012 to $3.4 billion in 2015.
So during the hearing he raised these issues with Thomas Homan, executive associate director for enforcement and removal operations at ICE. Inquired Sessions, “Can you explain, Mr. Homan, how the numbers have dropped so significantly when you have a 25 increase percent in your budget?” Homan replied that sanctuary jurisdictions, cities, counties and states which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities are a major source of the problem. But Sen. Sessions disagreed, noting that sanctuary policies in many places were in effect before Obama.
Then he asked Homan, “Isn’t it true that ICE officers get calls every day from … departments all over America, not the sanctuary cities, and you’re not responding to them because they don’t meet the guidelines or the priorities established by the president?”
Homan replied, “That is true.” Sessions pressed on, asking, “So it’s not true then that the reason your numbers are down is because you don’t have people to deport. You have people to deport, but you have policies that tell you not to deport whole categories of people that are here unlawfully; isn’t that correct?” The ICE official conceded, “That’s a factor, yes sir.”
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