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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Another problem for Democrats: Deportations

By Abby Wisse Schachter
The New York Post
October 25, 2010

Democrats are facing increased scrutiny over deportations of criminal non-citizens and the subject is so toxic that some are running away from the question.

This weekend the Associated Press published a long report on non-citizen military veterans who are fighting deportation orders and meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez was so rattled by a questioner demanding to know why deportations have gone up since President Obama took office that she literally ran away .

When questioned directly about the high rate of deportations by his administration President Obama said the problem is not enforcement it is the rules. "The main thing we have to do to stop deportations is to change the laws," Obama told radio host Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo.

Funny, but it seems like in other areas, this administration would love nothing better than to ignore the law and not enforce the rules. Certainly the lawsuit against Arizona's immigration enforcement effort is based on a refusal to enforce existing immigration laws.

But one wonders what sort of change to the immigration laws Obama has in mind? Will he try to get a bipartisan approval for legislation that makes it perfectly OK to come to the US without a visa and stay here indefinitely? Or maybe those who have no legal right to be here and then sell drugs, or commit violent crimes shouldn't be sent back to their countries of origin?