The press is reporting that immigration arrests are up, but deportations are down. There are a number of possible explanations for this, the most important being is that the Trump Administration is more honest than the Obama Regime.
The Obama Regime lied about deportations and arrests, claiming to be tough on illegals, but did so by a sleight-of-hand where arrests on the border by Border Patrol Agents were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the subsequent deportations were credited to ICE, e.g. counted as interior arrests though the arrests were at the border. That is how Obama stacked deportations while at the same time actual ICE arrests plummeted.
The Trump Administration is not doing this trickery, so previous border arrests that resulted in what is called a Voluntary Return (VR) rather than a deportation, are again not counted as deportations. There are a number of other explanations
, such as that many arrests are of illegal aliens previously deported or absconders from deportation orders. Those are generally not counted as deportations. But this is all academic—there is
a bottleneck, and that is the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), with a backlog of over 600,000 cases and Immigration Judges who are deliberately sabotaging immigration enforcement
. Worse yet, the Trump Administration is arresting illegal aliens, and releasing them again after political pressure.
Some examples of either the Trump Administration succumbing to pressure or the presence of Deep State saboteurs running their own amnesty for those illegals able to gin up political pressure.
ICE released Carias from detention on electronic monitoring pending the outcome of his removal case, which is currently undergoing review by the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals, according to the immigration enforcement agency.[LA Pastor Leaves ICE Custody, But Finds A New Flock Among Fearful Immigrant Inmates, by Brenda Gazzar, LA Daily News, September 25, 2017]
A Berwyn grandmother who had been ordered to leave the country is now being allowed to stay while her visa application is being processed.Genoveva Ramirez, 67, received a letter last week from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that said she had been granted “deferred action” on her deportation order.[Berwyn Grandma No Longer In Imminent Danger Of Deportation, by Madeline Kennedy, Chicago Sun-Times, November 2, 2017]
A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy has been released from immigration custody in Texas, her lawyers said Friday, 11 days after the Border Patrol stopped the ambulance she was riding in on her way to emergency gallbladder surgery.[10-Year-Old Immigrant Who Was Detained After Surgery Is Released, by Vivian Lee, NYT, November 3, 2017]
There is a deliberate campaign by the press to highlight certain immigration cases, commonly called shameless baby-waving. And the Trump Administration appears to be susceptible to such pressure, which is another reason why arrests might be up, but deportations down. And for activists it is a deliberate tactic, and they use it because it works.
And ignoring illegal aliens hiding in churches is another reason that deportations are down. There is nothing stopping the Trump Administration from either raiding those churches other than itself. But the illegals have found a strategy, and it is working.
Since 2014, at least 50 publicly known cases have emerged of people seeking sanctuary in churches for immigration-related reasons, according to Rev. Noel Anderson, a coordinator for the Church World Service, a New York organization that supports the sanctuary efforts. Of those, 30 have come up since Trump took office in January and pledged a harder line on immigration.Eighteen of the 50 eventually won legal reprieves, and their deportation orders were canceled. More than half are still waiting in limbo like Morales and fearing that they could be picked up suddenly, just as several immigrants in Virginia were when they got arrested in February while leaving a homeless shelter at a Methodist church.[Lives Of Anxiety: Immigrants Seek Sanctuary In US Churches, by Claudia Torrens, Philly.com, November 6, 2017]
After years of fighting deportation proceedings, a Silt mother and immigrant activist has taken sanctuary at Carbondale's Two River Unitarian Universalist church. She is the fifth immigrant in Colorado to take sanctuary this year.[Immigrant Leader, Mother Takes Sanctuary At Carbondale Church, by Ryan Summerlin, The Aspen Times, October 24, 2017]
An inability to hold illegal aliens accountable and to withstand pressure from the press is one of the many reasons deportations are down. But it is a choice the Trump Administration has taken, a choice because the administration has another option, which is to not release illegal aliens scheduled for deportation and to seize illegal aliens hiding in plain sight in churches with Blackie's Warrants