Remember when the story broke about a memo being reviewed by ICE officials which would “…serve as a substitute for comprehensive immigration reforms.”? Team Obama poo pooed that, saying it was just “discussion” and saying “nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions.”
The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts.
Culling the immigration court system dockets of noncriminals started in earnest in Houston about a month ago and has stunned local immigration attorneys, who have reported coming to court anticipating clients’ deportations only to learn that the government was dismissing their cases.
Surprise! The ones who did actually bother to show up in court got turned around and released to the streets, and people are understandably upset;
“They’ve made clear that they have no interest in enforcing immigration laws against people who are not convicted criminals,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for strict controls.
“This situation is just another side effect of President Obama’s failure to deliver on his campaign promise to make immigration reform a priority in his first year,” said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “Until he does, state and local authorities are left with no choice but to pick up the slack for prosecuting and detaining criminal aliens.”
The response from ICE?
ICE is not engaged in a “backdoor” amnesty and has placed more people in immigration proceedings this year than ever before. ICE has implemented a new policy to expedite the removal of criminal aliens and those who pose a danger to national security by ensuring these cases are heard.
Because we said so, “I Inherited™”, and “George Bush™”. Plus, “Racism™”.