Deportations of illegal immigrants were nine times higher last year than 20 years ago
Of all the matters on which American conservatives generally are wrong in their criticisms of President Obama, perhaps none is more egregious than the issue of illegal immigration.
The right-wing rhetoric on this subject is usually the exact opposite of the truth. To wit, the popular notion among American xenophobes is that Obama has willfully ignored — nay, actually encouraged — a growing flood of illegals into our country. There are only two words to describe such claims — utter nonsense.
Take, for example, the argument made by one of my fellow bloggers at RRStar.com. He says America’s borders “are like a sieve due to the Obama border policies.” A sieve? Really?
The Economist, in a long article on this subject the other day, said this: “[T]he number of people entering America illegally via the south-western border has dropped…[I]n the past couple of years, for the first time since people started to talk about illegal migration, the outflow has been greater than the inflow.”
And how has that outflow of illegals been achieved? Again, The Economist has the answer: “Last year, America removed 369,000 undocumented migrants, an increase of nine times compared with 20 years ago. This takes the total number of the deported to almost 2 million in Barack Obama’s presidency.”
Even conservative pundit George Will says “net immigration from Mexico has recently been approximately zero.”
Will adds that “the Obama administration’s deportations are, if anything, excessive, made possible by post-9/11 technological and manpower resources.”
And yet House Speaker John Boehner had the gall to say earlier this week that he and his fellow Republican are unlikely to take action on immigration reform this year because Obama can’t be trusted to enforce any new laws in this matter.
And all the low-information fools who don’t know any better are going to believe Boehner.