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Obama Prosecuted 97,384 for Minor Immigration Offenses in FY2013. By Roger Algase

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President Obama is not only on track to deport two million people, but he is also prosecuting record numbers of people for harmless immigration violations. The chilling details are reported in a November 27 RT USA article: Obama administration hits all-time high on prosecutions for nonviolent immigration offenses.

rt.com/usa/prosecution-immigration-offenses-record-351/

(This article also appears as a news item in the November 27 edition of Immigration Daily.)

The article states that prosecutions for nonviolent immigration offenses hit an all time high in Fiscal Year 2013, up 22.6 percent over five years. About 93 percent of the prosecutions are for illegal entry, and these types of prosecutions have increased by 76 percent, according to the US Department of Justice.

The article also states:

"New cases were filed against 97, 384 defendants in FY2013, which ended on September 30, amounting to 50 percent of all federal criminal prosecutions.

The total of immigration prosecutions is up 5.9 percent from last year."


The article continues:

"The Obama administration is on track to deport 2 million people by 2014. About 97 percent of people being deported are Latino and Caribbean, according to Tanya Golash-Boza, a sociologist at the University of California, Merced."

The same article also quotes Grace Meng, a Human Rights Watch Researcher, as follows:

"One US district judge, Robert Brack, in New Mexico, who has sentenced over 11,000 people for illegal entry, told me, 'for 10 years now, I've been presiding over a process that destroys families every day and several times each day'".

Meanwhile, Obama continues to insist that he has no power to stop the deportations even though, according to the above article, the president has signed hundreds of executive orders (or "executive actions") on issues ranging from gun control to the ACA.

The article concludes by quoting Norman J. Orenstein of the American Enterprise Institute, not exactly a liberal or left wing organization, as saying that Obama "does not hesitate to use executive authority, but he is well within the mainstream of his modern predecessors."

This gives rise to two questions:

First, is the president not digging a grave for the Democrats in the 2014 and 2016 elections? How long does he expect Latino and Caribbean US voters to keep carrying the torch for his party when their communities are subject to such widespread and draconian enforcement policies, which in any other country would be called ethnic persecution?

And when the Democrats are already reeling from the political fallout of the ACA enrollment and policy cancellation fiascos, how does the president expect them to hold onto the Senate or the White House without the same kind of massive minority support which he received in 2012?

Don't the Obama administration's deportation and immigration prosecution fiascos dwarf the problems with the ACA by comparison?

Second, beyond the immediate politics, what kind of America are we celebrating during this Thanksgiving holiday? Is this the kind of country which our original settlers were hoping to build on that very first Thanksgiving day? Or are we becoming the kind of country that they had decided to leave?



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Updated 11-28-2013 at 06:06 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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