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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Obama's Firm Commitment to Immigration Reform: Deport 400,000 People in 2010

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The Washington Post has dug up a February 22, 2010, internal memorandum of James M. Chaparro, Director of ICE Detention and Removal Operations, that specifically sets forth a "critical Agency goal of achieving 400,000" deportations in 2010. He further states that the efforts to deport 400,000 people from the United States "must be sustained and will be closely monitored."

The memorandum does not indicate who will be closely monitoring the progress of achieving the 400,000 deportation goal, but given the fact that this memorandum was issued by the Director of ICE Detention and Removal Operations, one can assume that a person of such rank and authority would be answering directly to the top of the food chain.

One can also assume that our President is fully aware of these "critical agency goal[s]", and has signed off on them.* So let me ask you this:* Where is the President's "commitment" to comprehensive immigration reform? We have all heard the words, but they ring hollow in juxtaposition to the President's actual "commitment" to deport as many people as humanly possible in his second year in office.

This memorandum was sent to Field Office Directors and Deputy Field Office Directors praising them and telling them to "keep up the good work." If only it were possible to praise our President for his "good work" reforming our beyond broken immigration laws.

Wishful thinking.


The following is the administration's feeble attempt at damage control:* (We aren't buying it.)
ICE statement in response to March 27 Washington Post article

"ICE is required by Congress to submit annual performance goals as part of the budgetary process and our longstanding focus
remains on smart, effective immigration enforcement that places priority first on those dangerous criminal aliens who present risk to the
security of our communities.

This focus has yielded real results - between FY2008 and FY2009, criminal deportations increased by 19% and this priority continues in
FY10 with 40% more criminal aliens removed to date as compared to the same period last year.

Significant portions of the memo cited in The Washington Post (3/27/10 - Becker/Hsu) did not reflect our policies, was sent without my
authorization, and has since been withdrawn and corrected.

We are strongly committed to carrying out our priorities to remove serious criminal offenders first and we definitively do not set quotas." - Assistant Secretary John Morton

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Updated 04-12-2016 at 12:27 PM by MKolken

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  1. Ben Reed's Avatar
    Thank your posting. You are one of the few lone "voices in the wilderness" out there!
  2. Ben Reed's Avatar
    Meant to write "thanks for posting!"
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