An immigration policy change has made it so that if you're unlawfully
here and get a traffic ticket or commit a petty crime, you don't get
issued what they call a "detainer", that then gets you deported.
The aim of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security is concentrating resources to hunt down the most dangerous illegal immigrants, those with charges of violence, sexual abuse, drunk driving, or unlawful possession of a firearm. Anti-immigration lobbyists say it's going to let unlawful immigrants off the hook.
"Everybody agrees serious felons need to be removed from the country but the message being sent is if you don't commit a felony, all you do is break the immigration laws, there are going to be absolutely no consequences and they'll be amnesty down the line. It is going to continue to drain the American payer's tax dollars and nothing is going to change. We're not going to have any enforcement," says IRA Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
A memorandum released by the ICE On Friday stated that a record number of unlawful immigrants were deported this year, nearly 410,000 in all. Over half of those removed were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.
The law is any illegal alien who is subject to deportation should be arrested and subjected to the deportation process. The White House says immigration law is broken, critics add the new policy does less to fix it.
Mehlman says, "the president is simply not prepared to enforce laws and it doesn't matter what congress puts into any kind of legislation. If he decides he's not going to enforce it, he is going to say he has unlimited discretion not to enforce the law and we'll be right back to where we were, except we will have granted amnesty to 10 or 15 million people who are in the country illegally." Human rights groups say the white house is ensuring that due process rights for immigrants are upheld and communities are not harmed by what they call an aggressive one-size-fits-all immigration enforcement strategy.
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