Friday, August 19, 2011

Criminals marked for deportation, others given low focus

Washington – Critics of the Obama administration's policies on illegal immigrants called a new focus on criminals “backdoor amnesty” for millions of people in the U.S. illegally.

Undocumented aliens with prior criminal convictions will be the focus of deportation proceedings while students, military veterans and spouses of active duty military personnel will be soft pedaled, according to an announcement by the Department of Justice.

“This plan amounts to backdoor amnesty for hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of illegal aliens,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said on Thursday. Her state enacted a tough law that would have allowed police to detain anyone they suspected of being in the country illegally for investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The law was struck down by a federal district judge in Phoenix earlier this year as unconstitutional.

These revelations came on the heels of announcements that the ICE officials have been conducting "paper raids" on some 3,000 employers nationwide to determine if their employees are undocumented. By examining I-9 forms through computer analysis, hundreds of thousands of illegal workers have been identified. The employers were given the option of firing the workers, which they did.

None of them have been deported. They are still here.

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