Don't Drink The Immigration Enforcement Kool-Aide
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lace w:st="on"> lacename w:st="on">Arizonalacename> lacetype w:st="on">Republiclacetype>lace> recently published an article on the burden the Obama Administration's stepped-up
immigration enforcement agenda has placed on our nation's immigration
courts. It only stands to reason that if the President's desire is
to deport more people than any President in the history of our country that he
must have contemplated the need for an increase of funding for additional immigration
judges to preside over the increase of deportation cases.
Unfortunately, the obvious solution to hire more
immigration judges does not appear to have been considered by our President.
The White House's Fiscal Year 2011 budget allocation for the Department of
Homeland Security includes $4.6 billion funding for Border Patrol agents.
Fair enough. The budget also includes requests of more than $1.6 billion
to continue the identification and deportation programs for undocumented
foreigners with criminal records, a $200 million increase over what was
provided during Fiscal Year 2010. Certainly looks good on paper.
One would be hard-pressed to find many Americans who would be willing to
argue against the President's allocation for increased security at our borders,
and stepped-up enforcement relating to the removal of criminal aliens found
within our borders. I'm not making that
argument now. These are central concerns to us all. That
being said, where is the President's allocation for additional immigration
judges? Surely, he set aside money to bolster our immigration courts with
additional judges? Nope.
Maybe, just maybe, that extra $200 million could have been utilized to staff
our immigration courts with competent judges to preside over the bottleneck of
cases that have been created by the new administration's enforcement first
agenda. Wishful thinking.
In fact, the President's budget has actually allocated less money towards
the streamlining of the legal immigration system to support people who are
trying to do the right thing by actually FOLLOWING THE LAW. By failing to
live up to his campaign promise to meaningfully address comprehensive
immigration reform, the President's enforcement-centric budget from a LEGAL
immigrant's perspective is one more gaping knife wound in the back. Not
the Change we were hoping for Mr. President.
So we heard you Mr. President, when you said this year's budget was designed
to "strengthen border security and immigration enforcement." Your message
is loud and clear.
Mr. President, why don't your policies follow your promises? Every
action that you have taken since your election has been to bite the hand of the
Hispanic electorate that fed you. Take Notice: those who voted for your Hope
and Change aren't drinking the Kool-aide.