Administration Calls a Halt to Its Immigration Enforcement Stunt (as FAIR Predicted)

US_Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_SWATLast week FAIR published an op-ed in a leading online opinion site predicting that the Obama administration’s highly publicized “enforcement action” against exactly 121 illegal aliens from Central America was a stunt. Our assessment of the ICE effort to execute final orders of deportation against 4/100 of 1 percent of the Central American migrants who have crashed our borders since 2013 was that it was nothing more than a carefully orchestrated effort on the part of the administration and its allies. The goal was to justify not enforcing the law at all, and to provide a pretext to start bringing in large numbers of Central Americans as refugees.

We regret to announce that we were right.

On Jan. 12, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced, “I spoke to the secretary of homeland security at 12:30 today and he understands the concern we had. And I think we’re moving forward to a resolution. I think you’re going to find a pause in these deportations.” White House counsel Neil Eggleston represented the Obama administration in the final act of the enforcement charade as he met with Democratic lawmakers said to be furious over the 4/100 of 1 percent. Eggleston agreed that he has a “good meeting” congressional Democrats, tacitly confirming Reid’s announcement.

It is almost impossible to believe that this was not the plan all along.

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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    of course it was a farce…we knew it and no illegals were ever deported… they gave them illegal IDs…ALL of them…hell I saw someone handing over 4 IDs to Hispanics right outside my window…took pics of the whole transaction…people…IDs with small white envelopes to go with them and license plates…that happened about 3 years ago and I STILL have them.

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      Hopefully you have submitted this info to the “lame-stream” media such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Drudge Report and conservative talk show hosts eg. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, your Congressional Representatives A response or lack of a response would also be worth documenting. Write a letter (hard copy) directly to President Obama and to the Secretaries of his appointed federal agencies. Go the extra mile.