Lamar Smith, not a RINO, has confirmed what this blog reported all along. The so-called "record" number of removals of aliens is no record at all. The Regime has fraudulently included 72,000 aliens captured by the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in the number of removals by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE ERO).
The Washington Times August 23, 2012 by Stephan Dinan
The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is charging that the Obama administration has “falsified” deportation records to artificially boost numbers — a move critics of the Homeland Security Department have long suspected.
Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texan who runs the committee, said the Obama administration has for the past several years been mixing some Border Patrol apprehensions with the deportation statistics from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency chiefly responsible for interior enforcement and for deporting aliens.
His investigation found that when the Border Patrol numbers are subtracted, deportations actually have gone down every year since Mr. Obama first took office in 2009, dropping from about 395,000 that year to about 330,000 in 2011.
And 2012 is shaping up to have even fewer deportations once the Border Patrol figures are subtracted, the committee said.
“It is dishonest to count illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border as ICE removals,” Mr. Smith said. “These ‘removals’ from the Border Patrol program do not subject the illegal immigrant to any penalties or bars for returning to the U.S. This means a single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be removed numerous times in a single year — and counted each time as a removal.”
Removals, or in the old days, deportations, by the two separate agencys, the USBP and the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service, Detention and Deportation prior to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the current USBP and ICE ERO, have always been tabulated separately, as the aliens are removed under separate sections of the law and under different proceedures. It was clearly an attempt by the Regime to game the system by transfering aliens captured by the USBP to ICE ERO only to have those same aliens removed by ICE ERO using the same proceedures and laws used to deal with aliens captured at the border and not processed for removal through the Executive Office for Immigration Review, e.g. the immigration courts.
And the effect for the Regime is doubled. They can claim that apprehensions on the border by the USBP are down, implying that fewer illegal aliens are entering or attempting to enter, and at the same time fraudulently inflate the removals by ICE ERO, implying that the Regime is aggressively removing aliens. All part of the fraud that resulted in the Administrative Amnesty and the DREAM Act Amnesty which the Regime rationalizes with its non-record "record" number of removals.