Even if, after two or three years, a hearing judge finally orders removal—assuming they show up in court at all—many illegal immigrants simply ignore the order. And, having now been here for a period of years, no one makes them leave. As former ICE Director John Sandweg said, ‘If you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero.’
Yesterday, Byron York published in the Washington Examiner the findings of Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, which show that the United States deported a total of 802 minors to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador in 2011; 677 in 2012; and 496 in 2013. Weighed against the tens of thousands pouring in, it is clear that, once again, the reality—not merely the rumor—of lax enforcement has influenced decision-making in Central America.
York quotes ex-ICE Official Gary Mead: ‘If you’re getting 90,000 a year, or 50,000 a year, or even 25,000 a year, and you only remove 1,200, you’re not eliminating the backlog.’
Additionally, those here illegally have taken advantage of an asylum system that is easily open to abuse and that the Administration has sought to widen rather than narrow. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte stated recently that ‘many of the children, teenagers, and adults arriving at the border are able to game our asylum and immigration laws because the Obama Administration has severely weakened them and many thousands have already been released into the interior of the United States. What does President Obama plan to do with those who have already been released from custody?’
That’s a good question.
So we have a situation now where illegal immigrants seek out and turn themselves in to border patrol so they can be brought into the United States, be united with family members, apply for jobs, attend schools, have children in U.S. hospitals, and stay in the United States—whether through skipping court hearings, receiving asylum, or simply ignoring orders to leave. We can all expect, five or ten years from now, politicians in this very body to say that these illegal immigrants ‘came here through no fault of their own’ and are entitled to citizenship. Is this a policy of a great nation? It’s a policy of a nation that advocates for open borders, but it’s not a policy that’s compatible with a system of law, duty, and order.
And the chaos continues.
Indeed, the President actively continues to incentivize even more illegal immigration—he reauthorized his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for two years and held a White House ceremony honoring ten DACA recipients; he recently unilaterally authorized an additional 100,000 guest workers; and now the Justice Department is hiring lawyers to represent unaccompanied alien children in immigration court, to maximize the number who will receive permission to stay.