Now, the Circuit Court, which had previously upheld all seven deportation orders, told the Obama administration to report by March 19 on whether the government would hold off on deporting them based on the June 2011 ICE criteria.
Meanwhile, this decision stands to set precedence for the estimated 1.6 million deportation cases pending before the courts, many of which might be affected by this ruling.
That has led Representative Lamar Smith to complain that the court ruling was “an overreach of judicial authority…but since the Obama administration has made it clear that it doesn’t prioritize the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, the door is now wide open to judicial activism.”
However, one immigration lawyer has said the decision will likely force the Obama administration to address broader immigration issues, saying, “It’s totally a political mine field. They [the administration] don’t want to be put in this position, but now they are.”
Of course, everything President Obama does is political when it comes to his administration’s immigration policy. With his re-election campaign well underway, Obama is seeking to win big among Latino voters. Having received 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008, the Obama campaign is predicting that the President will win more than 73 percent of the Latino vote in 2012.
To that end — in addition to his appointment of an illegal alien czar — President Obama has since the beginning of year been busily trying to ensure an increased electoral margin among Latino voters and amnesty advocates.
For example, in January the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that illegal alien spouses and children would be allowed to stay in the United States while seeking legal residency status, rather than waiting for a green card back home.
In the President’s State of the Union address, Obama made veiled references to resuscitating the DREAM Act, when he said, “Hundreds of thousands of talented, hardworking students in this country face another challenge: the fact that they aren’t yet American citizens… Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.”
The President’s 2013 budget proposal includes a $170 million cut to the budget of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), a program that helps states cover jail costs for illegal immigrants.
Finally, a recent Inspector General report found that Obama administration officials at USCIS have pressured staff to speed up and approve immigrant visa applications, even when fraud is suspected. Moreover, the report found more than fifty percent of the USCIS’s 254 immigration service officers to believe that USCIS policy is “too heavily weighted toward promotion of immigration rather than national security.”
Unfortunately, that belief is more than shared by state lawmakers who have been dealing with an administration that refuses to enforce immigration laws but rather sues states that do. In fact, it has gotten so bad in Arizona — which has faced multiple armed incursions by paramilitary drug cartels — that Arizona lawmakers are considering funding a volunteer armed state guard to help with border enforcement.
Of course, they may first want to check with ICE’s illegal alien public advocate to see how his “stakeholder community” feels about such a move.
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