Deportations Plummet As Officials Stop Enforcing Law

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According to a new report from the Associated Press, the Obama administration will deport fewer illegal immigrants this year than at any time in the last decade. As of April 20, immigration officials have deported only 127,378 illegals in 2015. If that pace continues, fewer immigrants will be deported this year than at any time since the George W. Bush administration.

According to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, there are perfectly reasonable explanations behind the drop. He told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that factors such as changing demographics and fewer arrests at the border have contributed to the decline. “With the resources we have,” he said, “I’m interested in focusing on criminals and recent illegal arrivals at the border.”

In other words, he’s interested in carrying out President Obama’s executive actions, even though those actions have been frozen by a federal judge. This doesn’t have anything to do with changing demographics or fewer border arrests; it has to do with serving the president’s wishes.

If you could easily prove matters of discretion, this drop in deportations would be reason enough to start putting immigration officials in jail. But of course, it’s difficult to prove that there is a new set of official policies in place. And if there’s only so many resources to go around…

And who can really blame them? Obama has already made it clear that those officials who do not abide by his orders will be punished. He likened them to soldiers who refuse to carry out the commands of a superior officer. Anyone who cares about keeping their job will be very wary about deporting illegals who fall on Obama’s protection list.

A New Day in American History

Is this how we’re going to reform the country’s police departments? Will Obama issue an executive order pressuring prosecutors to no longer put bad guys in prison if they happen to have black skin? Why not? We’ve already seen this begin in public schools, where principals are no longer allowed to suspend black students without special permission from the superintendent. If presidents are permitted to change law in this way, what’s the point of having laws to begin with?

Because this is the very definition of lawlessness. The laws are there. They are written down. But they aren’t being followed. In fact, they are being deliberately broken under the recommendation of the president.

All for what, exactly? What does it do for our country to loosen immigration laws? How much destruction are we ready to allow in the name of “doing the right thing?” How bad do we let things get?