With no reform in sight Deportations increase under President Obama
Filed Under: Opinion, Politics | Posted: 07/26/2010 at 8:32AM
Comments | Region: United States
When President Obama was campaigning he made a ton of promises about what he intended to do to reform our immigration laws in his first year in office.
His exact words: "I think it is time for a President who won’t walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform just because it becomes politically unpopular." -Then Senator Obama.
Unfortunately, year one has come and gone, and year two is quietly slipping away with no reform in sight. Conversely, the Washington Post has just reported the following:
"The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, nearly 10 percent above the Bush administration’s 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007. The pace of company audits has roughly quadrupled since President George W. Bush’s final year in office."
ICE director John Morton issued a June 30 memorandum that instructs that parents caring for children or the infirm should be detained only in unusual cases. Rhetorical question: how is a parent supposed to care for his/her United States citizen child when their job was just taken away from them by the President through a workforce raid.
I thought this President stood for job CREATION.
It is simply incomprehensible to me that President Obama can look an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the eye, and from one side of his mouth tell them that he intends to put an end to the destruction of their families, and then from the other side turn around and pledge to deport more undocumented immigrants than his predecessor… make that any President in the history of the United States.
Plain and simply, I’m tired of being lied to by this President. I would rather he come clean with the fact that his administration has no intention of seriously addressing comprehensive immigration reform. Not in 2010, not in 2011, not ever. I would at least respect his honesty.
Other than a few brave Representatives (i.e., Congressman Gutierrez, ILL.), the Democrats are petrified of immigration reform with the November elections threatening incumbents. That, coupled with Obama’s plummeting approval ratings, has resulted in the death of CIR in 2010. If the Republicans make any significant gains in the House as predicted it is unlikely that we will see immigration reform in Obama’s first term.
If this is the case, rather than blaming the GOP for the lack of any meaningful movement on CIR, the President should look to his own party and to his broken campaign promise to address immigration reform in his first year in office as the real reason for CIR’s demise.
Shame on you Mr. President, for insulting our intelligence with your empty promises, half-truths, and record deportations.
Many people have claimed that 2012 will be end the end of the world.
I am predicting that it will be the end of the failed Obama Presidency, and maybe then the time will finally come for a President who won’t walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform just because it becomes politically unpopular.