Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal
Dozens of Immigrant Students Arrested by ICE in San Diego - Told to "Self-Deport"
More evidence has been reported of the Obama administration's continuing efforts to round up and deport "low priority" immigrants. At 6:00 am yesterday morning ICE raided a downtown San Diego apartment complex netting approximately 40 students that were working without authorization as cab drivers to help support themselves while attending school. The raid lasted a few hours.
After taking the students into custody, ICE revoked their visas, and instructed them to "self-deport" within 30 days. It does not appear that any of the students taken into custody had criminal records, and all were in valid immigration status at the time of the arrest.
And that, my friends, illustrates the principal difference between the immigration policies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney suggests that immigrants self-deport. Barack Obama demands it.
EDIT: I had some more time today to add additional commentary to this blog post. So here goes.
There is no question that these individuals violated their student status if they worked without express authorization.
There is also no question that the law permits ICE to cancel these individuals' visas, and require them to depart the United States, either on their own volition, or through an express order of removal.
The point is that Obama claims he is not going after these types of "low-priority" immigrants... immigrants with minor violations of the US immigration law.... immigrants without convictions. Working without authorization while in otherwise lawful immigration status is about as low on the immigration law violation totem pole that you can get. About the only thing lower is a mere overstay. The undeniable fact remains that ICE continues to detain and deport low-priority immigrants, despite the administration's fraudulent claims to the contrary.
So the question becomes, why does the Obama administration continue to use its limited resources to target what they themselves have characterized as "low-priority" immigrants for deportation. And most importantly, why is the Obama administration lying to us about what they are actually doing in practice.
Food for thought.