New FAIR Report Details How Obama has Systematically Dismantled Immigration Enforcement

Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without some sort of new announcement of a policy shift on immigration emanating from the White House or a cabinet department. Without exception, these announcements entail the unilateral relaxation of some immigration law or the lifting of some penalty for those who violate the law.

What has transpired over the past three-and-a-half years is not a series of insignificant tweaks, as the President and his minions have claimed, but a well thought-out strategy on the part of the Obama administration to implement radical changes to our immigration policy, while making an end-run around Congress. A new report by FAIR, President Obama’s Record of Dismantling Immigration Enforcement, details each step taken by the administration as it has curtailed most enforcement of our immigration laws, bestowed de facto amnesty on millions of illegal aliens, while wreaking vengeance on anyone who tried to get in their way.

The report, issued Tuesday, grabbed national attention as the lead story on the website, accompanied by a FAIR op-ed. There are also some other hopeful signs that Congress is finally taking notice of the administration’s strategy to cut them out of the immigration policy decision-making loop. On Thursday, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and David Vitter (R-La.) will be joined by immigration law enforcement officials at a Capitol news conference to “reveal the administration’s sustained dismantling of border protection and enforcement.”

Perhaps, finally, Congress and the American public will begin to take notice of the Obama administration’s incremental strategy of non-enforcement and amnesty.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Curious if President Obama is being bullied by the ABA, Physicians for Human Rights, the National Immigrant Justice Center, the legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center and other immigrant activist groups that wish to abolish detention of illegal aliens, Reading some of their reports on line to the House Judiciary Committee makes me think I better invest in the Rosseta Stone.

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    Barbara Griffith on

    People need to take a look at the information that is in this article
    Was Obama’s communist mentor his father? This is by Cliff Kincaid on July 25, 2012
    This information is part of the Sheriff Joe Arpaio investigation into Obama’s background. They seem to have come up with some interesting points. This has nothing to do with the birther’s. The people that are working on this investigation are on the up and up. If you take a look at it you can make your own conclusions about it. I wish Fair would take a look at this and tell us what their thoughts are.

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    * TruNews with Rick Wiles (Including the archives).
    * The PowerHour with Joyce Riley.
    * Politics & Religion with Irvine Baxter.

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    Solana Beach Lady on

    Obama’s picking and choosing what laws to enforce. Where was that in his inauguration? I must have missed that. He must be impeached by We the People this November Sixth, before it’s too late.

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    Homeland Security needs to be shut down. Why continue to pay taxes for any department that refuses to do its job. If I am not mistaken, if we have a government that fails to protect our rights or even worse take them away, then we the people have the right to get rid of that government and create another one. Maybe that’s where we are. I defiantly think Homeland Security should be defunded-period! The Federal government has a duty to protect us and yet they are doing the opposite, therefore I think the states need to step up and take over. Just what are we paying homeland security and Napolitano to do right now, sit at their desks and draw pictures??

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    Obama feels a strong kinship with those born in foreign places. I won’t support those in favor of bringing millions of new mouths here and putting them on welfare. I can’t understand why our politicians won’t clarify and thereby do away with the birth right amendment that allows illegals to come here and drop a baby and then start claiming benefits. I also can’t understand how when we are in the financial mess we are in our government justifies sending billions of dollars to other countries. We are sending 15 billion a year to Africa to help with the AIDS epidemic, and that figure is due to increase.

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    Police officers in Chicago were informed not to question enforce or detain an illegal immigrants per Mayor Emmanuel
    I really don’t know where he is coming from. Police were told that back in the 90’s during the Daley Administration. How else are the democrats going to get their illegal vote. I m sure if the feds came into Chicago and did an audit of legal eligible voters in the area that the republican candidate who ran for governor lost. I am sure we would see some mega fraud.

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      Larry Sparks on

      All State and Federal officials not following the law should be arrested and charged with obstruction of Justice and forced to resign including Mayor Emmanuel.

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    Obama is a power hungry madman like Hitler, whose ultimate goal is a permanant dictatorship. We need more polititions who understand this and will block his illegal acts. And we need to get rid of those whose only goal is to retain their own jobs.

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    joel wischkaemper on

    I sent this letter to the New York Times this morning, and I know I am right. I was at the Arizona rally against SB1070

    Hospitals Worry Over Cut in Fund for Uninsured

    The Federal funding of the New York City Hospitals that support illegal aliens is criminal. If you don’t like what the illegal aliens do.. detain and deport as the law describes. If you want the illegal aliens doing what they are doing for New York, let New York pay for their medical care. Instead, you are stealing tax money from the rest of the nation to fund your hospitals for a shaky Hotel Industry. I don’t doubt for a moment that Obama knows where that Federal Money is going, and I don’t doubt for a moment that Senator Schumer, Durbin, Reid and Leahy had a big, big hand in diverting money from normal programs to fund the medical care of illegal aliens. I would also bet this is the top of the iceberg and that the New York Times knows well where a great deal more money is siphoned off by those criminals. All of this while the Service Employees International Union plucked the heart strings of those crummy reps and Obama with promises of support to one and all when voting time came.

    The illegal aliens closed over 200 hospitals along the Southwest Border while New York ignored that issue, and the illegal alien issue. One thing is clear: between the Democratic Senators, SEIU and the New York Times, we have come to desperately need someone who can control your corruption.

    Most Sincerely

    Joel E. Wischkaemper
    11268 SE Boise St. #208
    Portland, OR 97266

    ..SEIU is the group that contributed a huge number of protesters to the Arizona effort. But as importantly, that Union got their people out and demonstrating when Harry Reid was being re-elected, and Obama came out to visit. I was there and watched it, and many of those ‘demonstrators’ could not speak English.

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      I live in NYC and I will tell you that the average person is fed up with the illegal alien situation.Our emergency rooms are used as doctor’s offices with interpreters & all. Of course no one pays, except the middle class. I write & call. But our emails & letters fall on deaf ears. I constantly get back form letters from Schuman & Ackerman. The lies are disgusting. I do not understand how they got re-elected when everyone I speak to thinks they should be booted out. I think the liberals VOTE more than your average Joe. People are always saying that their vote doesn’t counts. It’s so frustrating. I suggest to everyone to go to Mr. ***** made an unbiased film that cannot get aired anywhere. I wonder why. It might open too many eyes, I think. Also check out . It is, like Fair, trying to fix this problem.

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        Maybe your messages to your Representative are falling on deaf ears because you’re calling him Schuman when his name is Schumer.

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    The American people are out of their minds when they keep electing the same criminals and communists to our congress.

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    Is this going to be a real attempt to stop Obama’s usurpation of the powers bestowed on the Congress by our Constitution or just a ‘song & dance’ show by a weakling Congress?!

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    On the other hand, deportations have increased substantially from the previous administration. But then again, that statistic doesn’t get the donations coming in, so let’s not mention it.

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      Also Alex, are deportations really up?

      Total deportations are up slightly, yes. They’ve been hovering around 400,000 per year, give or take. But so what? At this pace it would take 30 years to remove all the illegal aliens in the country.

      But of that total, there is a rapidly declining share of non-criminal aliens being deported – 65.5% in 2009 down to 45.5% in 2011 and we expect that number to tumble even more if and when the new numbers for 2012 are released. (Don’t hold your breath for a pre-election release). The reason for the decline is because the President has put into place policies that focus almost exclusively on identifying and removing illegal aliens who have violent criminal histories while all others are now being released.

      This policy sends a message to all the world; come to U.S. illegally and as long as you do not commit other crimes, you’ll have no problem staying even if you are caught.

      Ultimately, in order for laws to have meaning, they must be applied uniformly to all, not just a select few. If we don’t like those laws, we can change them legislatively. However, the president does not have the Constitutional authority to unilaterally pick and chose which laws to enforce.

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        Deportations are way up under President Obama, although apparently FAIR does not want to admit that. He is on pace to deport more illegal aliens in one term than Bush and Clinton did in four terms. Those are the facts. But still people on here say that he is “soft” on illegal immigrants. Yeah, right.

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          Deportations may be “way up” under the current president but so are illegal entries into the nation; the net result is more illegal immigrants living here and queuing up for the myriad services citizens and taxpayers provide for education, social services, and health care. Add the IRS tax credit loophole benefiting children of illegal aliens and a picture of complete dysfunction emerges — all of it due to a lack of meaningful enforcement and a calculated demonization of anyone who dares to speak out against this unlawful, unwanted, and costly invasion.