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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Former Manhattan DA Breaks Down Obama's "Assault on Immigrants"

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Former Manhattan district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau penned a powerful OpEd in yesterday's New York Daily News that breaks down the Obama administration's "assault" on immigrants and immigrant communities.

He writes "President Obama has promised to deport only the 'criminals' and 'gang bangers.' But numbers speak louder than words." That they do. So what are the numbers?

Only 12% of all individuals deported in 2013 were convicted of a "serious" crime, and over 100,000 of the convictions were either traffic violations or immigration related misdemeanors. Mr. Morgenthau further observed that 2013 was no outlier, as the number of immigrants deported for traffic violations in 2013 increased by a staggering 191% as compared to President Bush's last year in office.

Regular readers of this blog are already well aware that the President's definition of "criminal" is about as clear as Sarah Palin's view of Russia. That said, it is nice to know that the veil is being lifted for others to see that the Obama administration is intentionally utilizing the Secure Communities program as a primary tool to deport immigrants that were merely arrested for minor offenses, regardless of whether that arrest ever materialized into a conviction that has immigration consequences.

Humane deportations and all.

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Updated 04-29-2014 at 08:28 AM by MKolken

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  1. Jack2's Avatar
    If that definition were applied to U.S. citizens, this country would be the 21st century?s Devil?s Island.
    Uh, by definition, only aliens are deportable. Citizens are not subject to removal. This guy was a district attorney but seems baffled by the concept that a person in violation of law should be accountable to law--at least when it comes to immigration. Unlawful entry or presence which makes an alien deportable does not require any additional violation or conviction. Yet people like Morgenthau act like it is outrageous if a person is deported based on that law. I can only take that to mean that they think immigration law itself is illegitimate. So why not just admit that you do not believe the U.S. is sovereign with the right to control who enters and resides within its borders, that we are morally obligated to take in however many millions or billions of people might show up here regardless of what the law says? The rest of his complaints are beating around the bush.
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