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DHS REVERSAL ON OPTING OUT OF SECURE COMMUNITIES

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Months after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured House Democrats that jurisdictions could opt out of a controversial immigration enforcement program, officials reversed themselves and said opting out was not possible. -  Washington Post (posted by ILW.COM Team)

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    "Defenders of the administration say the problem is that officials have been placed in the impossible position of enforcing laws that they themselves believe are unfair and outdated."

    Our current laws are for a limited immigration system. So what are we to infer that the administration thinks is fair and up-to-date immigration law? In his last interview with Piolin, Obama sounded apologetic that "Congress has laws on the books that says that people who are here who are not documented have to be deported". He stated that "the main thing we have to do to stop deportations is to change the laws" but, of course, that new immigration law would have to be unlimited to stop deportations.

    By relentlessly touting their criminal prioritization policy, ICE, as directed by the Obama administration, is creating the impression among extremist anti-enforcement groups (AKA "immigration rights activists") that holding non or lesser criminals accountable to limited immigration law is a violation of ICE policy. Of course, if these people had their way, no one would ever be deported but ICE's rhetoric is creating that expectation of the federal government. Here's another example in which a lax-enforcement policy is interpreted by anti-enforcement activists as broad NON-enforcement policy:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/11/immigration-rights-group-says-lapd-violated-policy-in-vice-raid-on-hostess-club.html



  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Obama sounded apologetic that "Congress has laws on the books that says that people who are here who are not documented have to be deported". He stated that "the main thing we have to do to stop deportations is to change the laws" but, of course, that new immigration law would have to be unlimited to stop deportations."

    Jack that is your own interpretation of things which does not necessarily means its the truth... First of all Obama talking to this guy7 Piolin was in the middle of the election season and clearly his remarks were targeted to put Latinos on his side, second it is true that the current system does not work and needs reform in MANY areas. Just because he is not coming out in favor of the deport them all strategy does not mean he is not doing his job, his administration has deported more immigrants than any other before, so you should be cheering this guy he is giving you what you want... Just because reforming thew system would mean that you allow for unskilled labor to come here legally does not mean you are wrong or against the current immigration laws, you adapt the laws to the times and the needs.

    "if these people had their way, no one would ever be deported but ICE's rhetoric is creating that expectation of the federal government."

    I think if these people had their way and reform the system you could filter people with criminal background while undergoing a legalization process, you could devote resources more intelligently and take pressure off the border because people can apply to come here legally instead of the status quo... people like you love the status quo because it gives you something to complaint about, how about some solutions that are practical and real, we've heard all this mumbo jumbo before is the same old stuff!!!!
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