Immigration activists seething at President Obama for declining to unilaterally extend amnesty to millions of illegal aliens until after the November elections are issuing dire predictions of the impact of his inaction.
“To wait nine more weeks means the President has agreed to deport more than 70,000 people, more than 1,100 every day, and continues cementing his legacy as the Deporter-in-Chief,” Cristina Jimenez, managing director for United We Dream said over the weekend, arriving at the 1,100 a day average based on the Obama’s administration’s inflated deportation record.
If that number sounds high, it’s because the numbers are more complicated. While the Obama administration says it has deported more than 2 million illegal immigrants, or about 400,000 a year, the majority of those weren’t counted as “deportations” under previous administrations, as USA Today highlighted earlier this year.
Specifically, the Obama administration counts sending a would-be illegal immigrant back to their home country at the U.S.-Mexico border as a “deportation.”
Last year, based on the traditional definition of illegal immigrants deported from within the interior of the U.S., just 133,551 illegal immigrants were removed and a majority had criminal convictions, according to USA Today’s report.
Based on those numbers, in nine weeks, 22,995 illegal immigrants would be deported from the interior of the country, about one-third of the number cited by Jiminez or 365 per day.
Still, according to Jimenez, this is just the “latest broken promise is another slap to the face of the Latino and immigrant community.”
In June, President Obama announced that he would take unilateral action on immigration before the end of summer. Over the weekend, amid political pressure from Democrats in tight elections who said executive action would hurt their changes in November, the White House announced it would delay action until after the midterms.
“When candidate Obama asked our community for support in 2008 and 2012, he urged us all to vote based on our hopes, not our fears,” Janet Murguía, the president of the National Council of La Raza, said Saturday. “Today, President Obama gave in to the fears of Democratic political operatives, crushing the hopes of millions of hard-working people living under the constant threat of deportation and family separation,”
“Tens of thousands of human beings are likely to be separated from their families between now and the election,” she continued.
Murguía added that the “dreams” President Obama, Senate Democrats and House Republicans have “shattered today will haunt them far into the future.”
Monday, the pro-amnesty group America’s Voice and Latino Decisions highlighted a poll it conducted in June with the liberal Center for American Progress, which found that 57 percent of Latinos said they would be “less enthusiastic” about voting Democratic and 54 percent said they would “less enthusiastic” to turn out to vote, if Obama did not go forward with executive amnesty.
“We are bitterly disappointed in the President and we are bitterly disappointed in the Senate Democrats,” America’s Voice executive director Frank Sharry said in a statement over the weekend. “We advocates didn’t make the reform promise; we just made the mistake of believing it. The President and Senate Democrats have chosen politics over people; the status quo over solving real problems.
“To paraphrase the revolutionary writer Thomas Paine, these politicians are simply sunshine opportunists, who expect Latino voters to support them in good times, but when the going gets tough, they abandon Latinos and their issues as fast as you can say piñata.”