U.S. immigration officials have revealed that they face a deportation backlog of 550,000 illegal immigrants who were given temporary amnesty by former President Obama or simply let off the hook by liberal judges. The massive backlog is being tackled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the sheer numbers — bigger than the populations of Atlanta or Sacramento — is overwhelming the agency’s enforcement and removal department. This week as ICE and other immigration officials reviewed successes under President Trump, a reporter asked Matthew T. Albence, executive associate director for enforcement and removal operations, if he knew the number of outstanding deportation orders. The conversation went this way: Albence: “Ballpark is going to be around 550,000.” Reporter: “Whoa. Why is it so high?” Albence: “Well for a large part of the last four or five years we’ve been unable to take enforcement action against those individuals.” Under Obama, many deportation actions were delayed starting in 2014, he said. Even if ICE officers found one in a jail, Albence said that they were advised against seizing the illegal. “Our officers had to turn their heads and walk the other way. So that’s a large part of that problem, the fact that we couldn’t enforce the law,” he said. And liberal judges also forgave or protected illegals, even illegal populations like several Iraqi’s in the Detroit area, some sought for murder, according to ICE. “We need to hold liberal judges accountable,” said ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan. And, he added, a third factor in the build up of deportation orders is because some 300 sanctuary cities refused to let ICE officers into city jails to seize illegals. Homan said ICE plans to fight those cities and other obstructions to send a message to illegal populations that they are not safe from deportation, even if they have been in the U.S. for 10 years. “There has to be a consequence and a deterrence to illegal activity or the illegal activity won’t stop,” said Homan. “We’ve made a lot of headway this year, more than I’ve seen in a long time, and we’ve got to keep going down this road. We’ve got to keep momentum going,” he added.
Agreed wholeheartedly!! As many of you know, here at The Daily Buzz we’ve been calling on the last and current administrations to BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico. Those troops should remain there ON the border (to prevent would-be crossers from setting one foot on U.S. soil) until that wall/fence is finally built above and below ground (to prevent tunneling)….however long it takes. Simultaneously, we need to be deporting illegals already here by the hundreds of thousands (and yes, you read that correctly)….paying particular attention to known gang members, already convicted criminal aliens, as well as those already determined by an immigration to be deported…regardless of age or gender. This article only reinforces our position on that key component. And, folks.. That’s just for starters! To do anything less is NOT in our country’s national security, or economic, interests. Period. And, it’s clear that Obama didn’t care at all about our economy OR our nation’s security. Of course, especially given the recent shocking verdict in San Francisco, we are all for the passing of “Kate’s Law” and other similar legislative efforts at the federal and state levels which also focus on the illegal immigration crisis. But, first and foremost we need to secure our southern border (make that the #1 Homeland Security priority), and start focusing on deporting illegals already here. We can no longer afford to do otherwise.