The Obama administration has been claiming to have cracked down on illegal immigration and have tried to report record numbers of deportations. They may have marked a record number of illegals for deportation, but according to a recent audit, those numbers do not reflect the actual number of illegals physically sent back across the border.
The Homeland Security Department’s Inspector General conducted an audit that revealed the immigration system is seriously broken, as if we all didn’t already know that. The audit revealed that there are around 800,000 illegal aliens that have already been marked for deportation that are still in the US. A number of them have criminal records that include extortion and assault. A number of them have also received government approval for benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program.
All toll, about 12% or 1 in 8, of those marked for deportation slip through the system. The auditor report said:
“The failures in our sample include individuals who applied for unemployment and disability insurance, food stamps, driver’s licenses and other benefits. Several individuals had criminal records, including assault with a deadly weapon, extortion, drug convictions and other convictions such as burglary, stalking and child abuse.”
“The ultimate decision to provide or deny benefits rests with the federal, state, and local agencies that submitted the verification inquiry. However, by erroneously verifying that a deportable individual has status to receive benefits, SAVE may have enabled the inquiring agency to grant financial and other benefits (e.g., access to secure areas, education grants, and housing assistance) to people who are no longer eligible to receive those benefits.”
They found one case in 2003 where an illegal who had a green card since 1983 was convicted of a number of felonies including abuse and extortion then ordered to be deported. After being tagged for deportation, the California Department of Health Services ran a status check through SAVE. After the background check, the illegal was given a green light by SAVE.
Another case was noted where an illegal was convicted of manslaughter and homicide, yet still was green-lighted by SAVE and allowed to stay in the US.
Everything I’ve read and seen in the past four years has me convinced that the entire immigration system is worse than broken, it’s deplorable. The only real solution is to clear out all of the management responsible for the current immigration system and that goes all the way up to HSS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Then the system needs to be completely rebuilt from the ground up by qualified law enforcement officials like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The immigration service needs to be run by cops, not bureaucrats who have no clue what they are doing.