May 19, 2009
What's the catch?Topics: Immigration and Border Issues, Political News and commentaries
As Allahpundit suggests, this sounds so alarmingly sensible one tends to panic at what the catch might be, for surely there has to be one: Crackdown on criminal illegal aliens launched by ... Barack Obama?:
"We mean this, we're serious about it, and we believe we need to put in an all-out effort to get this done," said Rep. David E. Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee for homeland security. He has led calls to remove illegal immigrants convicted of crimes after their sentences are served...""Amnesty International and immigrant advocates warn that the change could lead to immigration checks in other arenas and the "criminalization" of illegal immigration."" And the problem with this is?
Under the new program, the immigration checks will be automatic: Fingerprints currently being run through the FBI's criminal history database also will be matched against immigration databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. The effort would not catch people who have never been fingerprinted by U.S. authorities.
Based on the pilot program, the agency estimates that if fingerprints from all 14 million bookings in local jails each year were screened, about 1.4 million "criminal aliens" would be found, Venturella said. That would be about 10 times the 117,000 criminal illegal immigrants ICE deported last year. There are more than 3,100 local jails nationwide, compared with about 1,200 federal and state prisons...
In his proposed 2010 budget, President Obama asked Congress last week for $200 million for the program, a 30 percent increase that puts it on track to receive $1.1 billion by 2013...
Amnesty International and immigrant advocates warn that the change could lead to immigration checks in other arenas and the "criminalization" of illegal immigration.
One should logically assume that being or doing something "illegal" is "criminal" in the first place, and that they should have always been deported in the past, all the more so moving forward. Nonetheless, it's hard to take this at face value. After all, we are talking about Barack Obama and the Democrats, so there's got to be a catch.
Be sure to read Allahpundit's commentary at the link.
Posted by Richard at May 19, 2009 10:22 AM
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