According to PolitiFact (I know, not totally reliable), President Obama has deported undocumented immigrants at a rate of 32,886 per month during his tenure. President George W. Bush's monthly rate of deportation was 20,964.
This is important, why?
Because according to those being victimized by Obama's "immigration policies", that is, Republicans,.....it has been Obama's "failed immigration and border policies" which have created the recent influx of some 50,000 minor Latino children, mostly teenagers, into the United States. Like, for example, this Republican victim....
Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said to fix the crisis, “the administration must first recognize its failed immigration and border policies are the source of the problem.”
“What is new,” McCaul said, “is a series of executive actions by the administration to grant immigration benefits to children outside the purview of the law, a relaxed enforcement posture, along with talk of comprehensive immigration reform.”
Right off the bat.....scratch that last one, "talk of immigration reform." George W. Bush "talked" about comprehensive immigration reform, in fact, Bush tried hard to convince his fellow R's to pass a comprehensive immigration bill.
As I've already demonstrated through PolitFact....the alleged "relaxed enforcement posture" accusation is simply not true. So that leaves "a series of executive actions" in which Obama is alleged to be "granting benefits to children outside the purview of the law."
As we will see.....that accusation is totally disingenuous.
The dispute over minor undocumenteds being eligible for due process originates in a bill passed during the final days of the worst American presidency. The purpose of the, then, bipartisan bill, was to combat child sex trafficking.
The 2008 Bush legislation...required that they be given an opportunity to appear at an immigration hearing and consult with an advocate, and it recommended that they have access to counsel. It also required that they be turned over to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the agency was directed to place the minor “in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child” and to explore reuniting those children with family members.
Republicans may not like the Bush law right now.....but Republicans know that the current "crisis" over teenage undocumenteds stems from the 2008 Bush bipartisan law. In order to divert attention away from the truth of the matter, Republicans, as they almost always do now, are blaming the teenage influx of Latinos on Obama's "executive actions."
However, here is a portion of a recent letter from Darrell Issa to the White House.....
..we call on you to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created, without congressional support, by your Administration in June, 2012. While the current program only applies to arrivals prior to 2007, the very existence of the program contradicts present law and violates the Constitutional principle of a separation of powers which grants primary law making authority to the Congress.
"only applies to arrivals prior to 2007".....Obama's executive order providing a path to citizenship for DREAMER kids does not apply to any Latino undocumented children who arrived here before 2007. 2007 was. like, seven years ago. Republicans blame what's happening today in 2014 on an executive order which clearly prohibited any pathway to citizenship, or even due process, for Latino undocumented children arriving in the U.S. AFTER 2007.
That completes McCall's trifecta of lies seeking to place blame for incoming Latino teenagers on Obama's "failed immigration policies."
Meanwhile, what Republican liars are avoiding talking about is the fact that a bipartisan comprehensive immigration Senate bill sits gathering dust because House Leaders will not permit it to come to the floor for a vote. And the reason Speaker Boehner refuses to bring the bipartisan bill to the floor of the House is because it would.....pass.
That's the truth.
What opportunistic Republicans are attempting to do right now....with the complete cooperation of corporate-whore media....is divert attention away from their own refusal to vote on a bipartisan bill which includes a "pathway to citizenship." Those who Rage daily on the Confederate Right will not allow any new, potentially, Democratic voters, to become citizens....even if that means 13 years out from passage of the bipartisan Senate bill. They're taking their country back....and THEIR country doesn't include new Latino immigrants.
Finally......In 2004 and 2007 Bush attempted to push for changes on immigration, and both times it was foiled by opposition from his party's conservative wing.
And so it is again this weekend. Those in the "conservative wing" (the only wing) of the GOP......the Tea Party free-basers, as it were.....have planned a 300 location protest this coming weekend to stir up the blame-and-hate-Obama pot....in the hope that any notion of comprehensive immigration reform passing in the near future will be dashed. FYI: Akron is on the list.
The malcontents say this weekend's protests are over "amnesty" for undocumenteds. They're against it. Which only leaves the alternative of mass deportation of 10-12 million undocumenteds currently living inside the U.S. That is what your local Tea Brigade will be protesting FOR this weekend....along with the mandatory "everything is Obama's fault" tantrum-throwing.
Don't allow yourself to be misled by the Village Republican-lovers......what's happening at the border is the fault of a minority of, primarily, white conservatives, enraged over demographic realities which portend the GOP's demise. Rather than compete, politically, for the votes of future Latino-American citizens.....these revolutionaries would rather prevent those future voters from ever becoming citizens.
That's how much courage they have in their own political convictions.
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