Please tell me we are not about to confront another Obama White House scandal.
Who would not be?
By credible accounts, the Southwest border is being systematically overrun by illegal aliens, none following the time-honored process of legally acquiring citizenship.
From somewhere on high, there is a directive to let the flow go.
A Democrat-controlled Senate is four-square behind the policy.
So, with what seems indifference to our Nation’s law, Border Patrol agents are being forced to choose between a radical policy shift and their constitutional oath to protect and defend America’s borders.
They suggest that, even against this backdrop, the story is worse than we are told.
Border Patrol agents are literally “baby sitting” hundreds of thousands of foreigners under age of 18, many of whom are known to he be gang members, teen parents themselves, or have criminal records in countries from which they come.
Rather than wait – with those who have legally strived for years to become proud, naturalized citizens – this wave of young, non-English-speaking, benefit-hunting non-citizens is just being admitted. Why?
Take your guess, but it is no accident.
Politics are wrapped into that White House decision; there is no other explanation.
Experts in immigration note that few processed in will ever show up at their deportation hearings, and this gets less likely as they are bused to the four winds.
Why should they?
They have been admitted.
They can now claim due process rights and assert them interminably.
Since 2001, the US Supreme Court has allowed (Calcano-Martinez v. INS and INS v. St. Cyr) illegal aliens to use “due process” and “equal protection” claims to get federal court review of deportations, even for criminal offenses.
So, generally once here, they are here to stay.
The Border Patrol publishes the number of “deportations” conducted annually.
The Obama White House – despite all the above bad news – suddenly claims to have made “record deportations” last year. Really?
This seemed incongruous.
Turns out, the Obama Administration has fudged the numbers – another set of numbers.
Do they never learn?
Do they think we will miss what they are doing, pay no attention?
Just like at the Veteran’s Administration, which maintained a secret waiting list to make it seem that veterans were being properly served, the White House has been playing fast and loose with “deportation” numbers to make the White House seem serious about illegal immigration.
The secret definitional change gave them a false brag sheet.
As of last year, they quietly count all of three non-deportation categories as legal “deportations,” a term formerly reserved for those removed after apprehension as criminals or illegal aliens in the interior.
The Obama team seems to think they have us focused on class warfare, only we caught them.
We have noticed.
The claim of “record deportations” is thus a fiction.
They have actually posted a reverse record – the largest drop in internal deportations since 1973, masked by the definitional change.
At the same time, the number apprehended and deported by ICE has dropped, according to some reliable sources, by 20 percent.
Will no one parse the numbers, stop the word games, and tell the American people how big the sanctioned invasion really is?
After all, beyond the law, we would seem to have a moral right to know the real numbers – we are paying for the invasion with our tax dollars.
The White House mantra seems to be that half-truths and non-truths restated enough times become truth.
They do not.
They simply deepen the resentment that honest people have for what they are being told.