With the Senate version of the immigration coup de main against the American people launched by Rubio and the Gang Of Eight, and with The Little Prince himself announcing his own "Four-part plan" in Nevada (link for both abominations here), immigration-sanity patriots, including VDARE.com readers, must gather all kinds of weapons, aka "facts," for use in the struggle that's upon us.
The struggle is made much more difficult because so many of our fellow citizens, while on our side, are comprehensively uninformed. Consequently, they're easily gulled by enforcement claims, such as the howler that this administration is the all-time deportations champ. And they're similarly ripe to be fooled by bogus enforcement features incorporated in the congressional legislation that's about to be dumped upon us.
Well, fool us once, shame on you. But fool us 93 times, shame on us.
Why 93? That's the number of distinct enforcement-gutting actions taken by the administration from January, 2009 through early July, 2012, as documented by the Federation for American Immigration Reform [FAIR] in their July, 2012 report, President Obama’s Record of Dismantling Immigration Enforcement.
Of course, many of these step-outrages were covered here at VDARE.com as they were rolled out. But FAIR has done a great service by assembling them in chronological order and summarizing each with a brief, descriptive paragraph.
From the report's Foreword:
This report details how the Obama Administration has carried out a policy of de facto amnesty for millions of illegal aliens through executive policy decisions. Since 2009, the Obama Administration has systematically gutted effective immigration enforcement policies, moved aggressively against state and local governments that attempt to enforce immigration laws, and stretched the concept of “prosecutorial discretion” to a point where it has rendered many immigration laws meaningless. Remarkably, the Administration has succeeded in doing all this with barely a peep of protest from Congress.
So, to give you an idea, here are half a dozen of the step-outrages.
1. June 3, 2009
Administration Delays E-Verify for Federal Contractors a 3rd Time
For a third time, DHS Secretary Napolitano delays compliance with a federal regulation requiring federal contractors to use E-Verify. The rule will finally be implemented on September 8, 2009.
2. March 17, 2010
DOJ Threatens Employers Who Use E-Verify with Discrimination Investigations
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and former board member of the open borders group CASA de Maryland, joins officials from USCIS to announce an information-sharing agreement that will increase investigations of employers who use E-Verify for possible discriminatory practices. Mr. Perez states that the new information will better enable DOJ to protect
authorized workers from national origin or citizenship-status discrimination. Under the agreement, USCIS will share data from E-Verify queries, including citizenship status, with the DOJ Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) to assist them in identifying violations of the antidiscrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
3. May 27, 2010
ICE Email Reveals Luxury Living in New Detention Facilities
ICE, working with a private prison contractor, makes a number of changes and “upgrades” to nine detention facilities housing illegal aliens. An ICE email reveals that “low-risk” detainees will be able to have visitors stay for an unlimited amount of time during a 12-hour window, be given access to unmonitored phone lines, email, and free internet calling. Illegal alien detainees will also be entertained with movie nights, bingo, arts and crafts, dance and cooking classes, tutoring, and computer training.
4. JanuarY 17, 2012
DHS Halts Roll-Out of Secure Communities in Alabama in Retaliation for HB 56
DHS tells Alabama state officials that the implementation of Secure Communities in the state will be delayed due to “cost constraints.” However, in an email sent to members of the Alabama Congressional delegation, DHS admits that the decision to suspend the program was done in retaliation for Alabama’s new immigration enforcement law, HB 56. The email from DHS states: “Although the federal courts have enjoined several parts
of HB 56, certain provisions were not enjoined and are currently in effect…While these provisions of Alabama’s state immigration enforcement law, which conflict with ICE’s immigration enforcement policies and programs, remain the subject of litigation, ICE does not believe it is appropriate to expand deployment of Secure Communities…in Alabama.”
5. June 11, 2012
DOJ Plans to Sue Florida Over Effort to End Illegal Alien Voting
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez announces that the DOJ will sue Florida in federal court over the state’s removal of ineligible voters, including illegal aliens, from its voter registry. After a news outlet uncovered a number of ineligible voters, the Florida Department of State began an investigation of its voter rolls. To help the state correct its records and remove illegal aliens and other ineligible voters, the Florida Department of State asked DHS to grant it access to the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement (SAVE) Program. After numerous delays by DHS, DOJ asked Florida to halt its investigation altogether.
6. June 22, 2012
President Promotes His Administrative Amnesty in Speech to Latino Elected
In a speech to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), President Obama defends his administrative amnesty by saying, “what’s needed is immigration reform that finally lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws.” The President failed to mention that by unilaterally declaring that a massive amnesty is now in place, he usurped Congressional authority and demonstrated a disregard for our nation of laws—laws
passed by Congress that is he obligated to enforce.
Those six should let you glimpse the picture of this administration's massive bad faith. Surely there are abundant grounds in this subject area alone for impeaching the president, without even considering his myriad other abuses against our constitutional order.
After its list of 93, FAIR's report follows with a Conclusion and with the online references for each count. Here's a paragraph from the Conclusion:
This report details the numerous unilateral actions that the Obama Administration has taken to dismantle immigration enforcement since taking office in 2009. Some of these actions have been subtle, some deceptive, and others even brazen, but all have been designed to achieve a single purpose: to render enforcement of U.S. immigration laws ineffective.
You may not want to "read the whole thing," but please do, at least, sample the whole thing and be aware of it as a resource in the amnesty armageddon that's about to engulf us. Anytime anyone babbles in your presence about all the legislation's cool "enforcement" features, you can tell them about the 93 reasons to pay them no mind.
In the spirit of Ben Franklin: It's your country, but only if you work to keep it.