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February 27, 2012

Study shows ‘backdoor amnesty,’ says congressman
By Mark Rockwell

A study released by Syracuse University that found a 33 percent decline in ICE deportations is proof of the Obama Administration’s “backdoor amnesty” for illegal immigrants, said the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 24. The report released by Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), shows the number of deportation proceedings initiated by ICE fell sharply, by 33 percent, in the last quarter, from nearly 59,000 filings to a little over 39,000. The drop, said Smith, “follows the Obama administration’s implementation of its new deportation guidelines that amount to backdoor amnesty. he Syracuse study said the number of ICE deportation proceedings initiated between October and December 2011 in the nation's 50-plus Immigration Courts fell sharply to only 39,331 —a 33 percent decline from 58,639 filings recorded the previous quarter. Filings are typically lower at this time of year, it said, but even adjusting for this seasonal drop-off and for late reporting, there appear to have been over 10,000 fewer deportation filings than would have been expected last quarter. The substantial drop, it said, may have been caused by the steps to implement the June 17, 2011 DHS directive on prosecutorial discretion, or as the indirect effect of the review announced August 18, 2011 by the Administration of all pending Immigration Court cases. The objective of these twin initiatives was to better target enforcement resources on high priority cases, it said The report added, however, it found “little evidence” criminal aliens have been making up a higher overall proportion of deportations.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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