Amidst all of the criticism on the Obama administration’s handling of illegal aliens, they claim to have record numbers of deportations. In 2011, they reported 397,000 deportations and claim that they are on track to reach 400,000 deportations this year.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sits on the Committee of Homeland Security and as Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he may serve as an ex officio member of all subcommittees. In a statement released on Friday, Smith claims that the Obama administration’s numbers of deportations are inflated and not reflective of the real numbers which are lower.
When illegals are detained by Border Patrol agents near the border, they are often just moved to a point along with border and sent back home. There are no criminal charges filed against them nor is there any official action taken to bar them from returning. This is part of a program called, Alien Transfer Exit Program or ATEP. Smith claims that ATEP numbers should be used to inflate actual deportations as they are handled differently and many of the ATEP removals end up returning over and over and over again. In this statement, Smith said:
“It is dishonest to count illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border as ICE removals. And these ‘removals’ from the Border Patrol program do not subject the illegal immigrant to any penalties or bars for returning to the U.S. This means a single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be removed numerous times in a single year — and counted each time as a removal.”
According to Rep. Smith, the actual deportation figures for 2011 should be closer to 360,000 instead of the reported 397,000. For 2012, the current number of 334,000 reported deportations is actually closer to 263,000 and the projected year-end total will be closer to 315,000 instead of the 400,000 figure given by the Obama administration.
Smith adds that he believes the administration intentionally used the erroneous figures for political purposes to be used during the current presidential campaign, saying:
“In a campaign season when Administration officials have made a habit of spinning their numbers to ignore their real record, it’s no surprise that they are doing the same to their immigration record. It seems like President Obama is trying to trick the American people into thinking he is enforcing our immigration laws. But no amount of spin can cover up the facts. It’s bad enough that the President has neglected to enforce our immigration laws but it’s even worse that his Administration would distort statistics to deceive the American people.”
Lying and falsifying figures and documents seem to be a trademark of the Obama administration. I recall reading a comment several months ago where someone asked the question, how do you know Obama is lying? The answer: if his lips are moving. It appears the President has lied about his birth, his Social Security Card, his Selective Service Card, and almost all of his campaign promises made in 2008. Why would anyone trust what he has to say during this campaign? In fact, if you compare what Obama said 4 years ago and what he actually did, anyone with a brain would look at what he’s saying now and know that he will do the opposite.
I knew and worked with a former U.S. Senator years ago that told me that he lost his bid for the presidency because he told the people exactly what he would do. His opponent lied and said he would do the opposite and ended up getting elected. The result was the death of thousands of American military personnel in Vietnam. This politician told me that the politician who is the best liar will always win his election. Barack Obama is living proof that my friend was quite accurate.