Monday, September 19, 2011

Fact Checking the Obama Administration on Immigration: Top 3 Myths!

There is a lot of misinformation coming out of the Obama administration about immigration and Secure Communities (S-Comm).

Presente.org graciously allowed Border Explorer to repost these Top Three Myths which they researched:

MYTH: Most of the people the Obama administration is deporting are criminals.

“Today more than half of all removals are people with criminal records.” Cecilia Muñoz, director of intergovernmental affairs at the White House (1)

FACT: According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) own numbers, 79% of deportees under Secure Communities (S-Comm) had no criminal records or had been picked up for low-level offenses such as traffic violations. This means thousands of innocent people have been picked up and deported. 2

The rampant racial profiling associated with Secure Communities (S-Comm) has also meant that the number of Latinos in federal prison has skyrocketed to accommodate the record-breaking deportations under this administration. 3

Under grassroots pressure, the administration issued a change in policy that would cancel the deportation of people deemed “low priority,” such as DREAM Act students and family members of US citizens. According to reports across the country, border agents, police officers and judges are not taking this directive seriously and continue to arrest DREAMers, pregnant women and others.4

MYTH: Obama administration says S-Comm does not force local police to enforce immigration law.

QUOTE: “Secure Communities does not require in any way for state and local law enforcement officials to be immigration agents. They don’t ask immigration status.” Cecilia Muñoz – director of intergovernmental affairs at the White House (5)

FACT: Governors and voters in Massachusetts, Illinois and New York tell us otherwise. In the last year all three of these states withdrew their participation in S-Comm precisely because local police officials complained that community members have been afraid to cooperate with police.

A statement from NY Governor Cuomo’s office said there was “mounting evidence” that the program, called Secure Communities, had not only failed to meet its goal of deporting the most serious immigrant criminals but was also undermining law enforcement and compromising public safety. (6)

Now President Obama is forcing these states to comply with S-Comm even though they have proven it is ineffective and have tried to opt out.

MYTH: Obama: It’s all Congress’ fault; I can’t do anything about it.

QUOTE: “Sometimes when I talk to immigration advocates they wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself, but that’s not how democracy works.” President Barack Obama (7)

FACT: Ultimate responsibility for the U.S.’s broken immigration system does lie with Congress, but Congress did not tell President Obama to increase the deportations, nor did Congress tell President Obama to make the dangerous S-Comm program mandatory everywhere by 2013. We’re not asking President Obama to change the laws himself, just to stop wasting valuable resources in this time of economic crises by deporting people who only seek a better life for themselves and their families.
Sources:
1. "In the Debate Over Immigration and Deportations, the Facts Matter," The White House Blog, 8/16/11 http://1.usa.gov/r7vFpm
2. "Documents Show ICE Misled California Officials about Secure Communities," America's Voice Online, 4/18/11  http://bit.ly/nxPNdH
3. "Hispanics new majority sentenced to federal prison," Associated Press, 9/6/11 http://onforb.es/omygAa
4. "Immigration Shift Hasn't Trickled Down to Border Patrol," The Texas Tribute, 9/7/11 http://bit.ly/qFgrKA
5. "Fernando Espuelas Interview Cecilia Muñoz White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs," Espuelas.com, 8/15/11 http://bit.ly/nH3xPy
6."Cuomo Ends State’s Role in Checking Immigrants," New York Times, 6/1/11 http://nyti.ms/r4eqwi
7. "Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform in El Paso, Texas," The White House Office of the Press Secretary, 5/10/11
http://1.usa.gov/pLMvtR

6 comments:

Marie Owens said...
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One Fly said...

I have no reason to doubt this. This president takes the corporate position most of the time.

I'm glad I saw this Billie.

And yet those of us who call him out on these things are the reason for the problems the dims have.

Just wait till the wingers get hold of this.

Billie Greenwood said...

That's one reason I like you so much, One. You don't try to fit into a box, you call truth as you see it. Thanks for reading/commenting here.

Vicente Duque said...

VIDEO, Tea Party Caught in Dirty Election Scam, Watch Stephen Lemons ( Feathered Bastard ) of Phoenix New Times talks to the camera and makes some visits to clarify this scam of Bad Republicans using shills and clowns

Super Shameful - Despicable Scam ! - To split the anti-Pearce votes betwen Jerry Lewis and Olivia Cortes. - Big Scandal !

Tea Party chairman Greg Western caught while submitting the Olivia Cortes signatures, that is campaigning for the shill on Friday, September 9 of 2011. Cell Phone recording at the Secretary of State's office

Olivia Cortes uses "Si se puede" misleading signs to lure Latinos into a trap !

Uploaded by Humanleague002 on Sep 12, 2011

The East Valley Tea Party Chairman Greg Western knows Senator Russell Pearce is in trouble in his bid to hold on to his State Senate seat with his recall in November. Listen as paid petitioner explains how to "SPLIT" the vote so Pearce will win. Watch Tea party Chair Greg Western caught red-handed turning in fake candidate Olivia Cortes signatures to put her on Ballet.. Listen as his wife claims he supports Russell Pearce. This is proof that Tea Party operatives are dirty and have no integrity or respect for the rule of law or fair elections. For more info visit:

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2011/09/russell_pearce_supporter_and...



Tea Party Caught in Dirty Election Scam



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=admlRk23J6c

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One Fly said...

Thanks Billie but what's really important is this post and other that you put up. I don't know how many other places the same or similar info has been put up - - - but it's important people know this.

Always said I don't care whose side they're on if they're hypocrites they all get the same treatment.

America said...

What bothers me the most is their classification of "criminals". People who have paid their dues to society for pety or none violent offenses and have since changed their ways or have reformed themselves are dragged along with the label of "criminal". It is unfair and unjust to separate our families because of their view of what is right or wrong.