That big ol’ super liberal President Obama has been way too easy on undocumented immigrants and so frustratingly lax on the ol’ border fence security thing, hasn’t he? We need to spend more on enforcement or all of them “illegals” will start crawling under, bursting through, and climbing over the very tall, electrified, barbed wired wall into our very own grassy, pool-laden, hammocky, swing set-filled back yards! STAT!
Why, before you know it, some taco restaurant will start selling “witty and comical” “How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant” t-shirts! Oh wait.
Sorry, just a moment. I’m hearing something in my imaginary earpiece. What? None of that is in the least bit true? (Except the t-shirt debacle.) Oh noes! What will conservatives have to kvetch about now?
A report released this week says that the U.S. government spends more on immigration enforcement than all other federal law enforcement combined. That should help silence Republican lawmakers who have steadfastly insisted that the Obama administration is doing too little to combat illegal immigration. [...]
[T]he number of people detained by federal officials nearly doubled from about 200,000 per year in 2001 to close to 400,000 in 2011, according to the study by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington-based think tank. [...]
In reality, the number of agents assigned to patrol the border has nearly doubled over the last seven years, even as the number of immigrants attempting to enter the United States illegally appears to be at a near 40-year low. [...]
The administration has done what it can administratively; now it’s time for federal lawmakers to provide a true legislative fix for a badly broken system.
Agree or disagree with all or part of the Obama administration’s immigration policies– and they are not perfect– he has managed to make a mockery of the Republican Faux Complaint Machine. Too bad it still won’t get them to turn it off.