There is a new report released by the Center for Immigration Studies that found that in 2013, while the president was saying the United States arrested and deported more illegal immigrants than ever before, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 68,000 criminal aliens and put back into the country. They also failed to remove 870,000 illegal aliens that had mandatory deportation orders. TheBlaze's Tara Setmayer joined Glenn on Tuesday night to elaborate on the story.
TheBlaze reported on the study:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 68,000 criminal aliens back into the United States and failed to remove 870,000 illegal aliens with mandatory deportation orders in 2013, a new report into the catch-and-release policy of the Obama administration revealed.
The report, released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, found that while the Obama administration has deported some violent criminals, it only targeted 195,000 — just 25 percent of 722,000 potentially deportable aliens encountered by ICE officers.
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"This story is being whitewashed, literally," Setmayer said. "The administration has been lying to us for many years about a bunch of things, but what’s going on at the border and what’s happening with illegal immigration is one of the biggest lies that this administration is perpetuating."
She went on to explain that in the past, deportations and border patrol apprehensions were treated as separate and distinct numbers. So people who were stopped and turned around at the border were put in a different category than illegal aliens apprehended and deported by ICE after they were already in the country.
"They’re using border patrol apprehensions at the border and conflating them with ICE deportations to come up with this phony deportation number. So that’s the first time that’s ever happened. So the numbers the administration has been putting out thus far, trying to claim that they’re so tough on deportations, it’s a bunch of crap," Setmayer said.
Setmayer also pointed to a January report from TheBlaze's Senior Washington Correspondant Sara Carter showing how the U.S. government is ignoring the problem of illegal immigration:
It’s not just federal law enforcement officials crying foul over a lack of government enforcement. A court order issued Dec. 13 by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanon in Texas accused the U.S. government of aiding and abetting human traffickers from El Salvador and Mexico when federal officers helped accomplish the smuggler’s mission by delivering a child they detained at the border to her illegal immigrant mother in Virginia.
The unnamed El Salvadorian girl, 12, referred to in the court order as Y.P.S., traveled with unknown smugglers after her mother agreed to pay the drug cartel traffickers $8,500, including a $6,000 upfront deposit, to have her brought to the U.S. The child was taken through a smuggling route that ended at a Texas checkpoint when federal officers uncovered the smuggling ring. Despite the violation of federal law, the Department of Homeland Security delivered the girl to her mother who is living illegally in Virginia. No charges were filed against the mother and neither were deported.
"The Obama administration doesn’t believe that our border should be enforced. It’s clear," Setmayer said. "And Republicans are guilty in their own way because they want cheap labor, and they don’t want to be seen as being against Hispanics because of the vote. They want Hispanics to vote for them. And the politicization of this issue has really weakened the United States on the number of levels, including on a national security level as well."