From the Washington Times:
Arrests of illegal immigrant workers have dropped precipitously under President Obama, according to figures released Wednesday.
Criminal arrests, administrative arrests, indictments and convictions of illegal immigrants at work sites all fell by more than 50 percent from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009.
According to the newly released figures, administrative arrests of violators of immigration laws fell 68 percent from 2008 to 2009, criminal arrests fell 60 percent, criminal indictments fell 58 percent and convictions fell 63 percent.
Fiscal 2008 ran from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008. Fiscal 2009 began Oct. 1, 2008, and ran through Sept. 30 of this year. Mr. Obama took office Jan. 20.
And these numbers come on the heels of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano saying the Obama administration had done such an effective job on illegal immigration that it was time to focus on legalizing the illegals currently residing here.
These numbers really shouldn’t surprise us though. After all, Napolitano has been on record for a while stating her vehement opposition to work place raids on illegals.
The Obama administration places the entire blame of illegal immigration on employers, and while employers are a major component of the problem, they are not the sole problem.
We must focus on all three facets of the illegal immigration problem:
- Border security and enforcement;
- Cracking down on employers who hire illegals; and
- Streamlining the legal immigration process
Focusing on only one of these facets will not solve the problem.
The fact is that the Obama administration, like many of the Republican establishment as well, have no issue with illegal immigrants. They see future voters. The administration, however, is using the issue to advance their anti-business agenda. Why else would the focus solely on the employers of illegals? Why not simultaneously focus on the illegals themselves?
Answer: Because Obama and Napolitano aren’t serious about cracking down on illegal immigration. They are interested only in securing more Democrat voters in the future, and attacking businesses.