Today's Illegal Immigration News
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
FOUR IN TEN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAUGHT DID NOT FACE ‘ENFORCEMENT WITH CONSEQUENCES’
Only about 60 percent of illegal immigrants apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol in 2010 faced “enforcement with consequences,” according to a January 2012 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report. This is a significant improvement over the 1 percent of illegal immigrants that faced ‘enforcement with consequences’ in 1999, but it is not enough.
The report, entitled Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry, also indicated that the number of immigration-related crimes has more than tripled in the last twenty years with removals increasing fourteen-fold from 12,867 to 189,653. The DHS’ approach to border control, according to the report, has allowed illegal immigrants at the border to be simply let go and not charged with a crime leading to unknown numbers of repeated illegal re-entry into the United States.
Also worth taking note is that non-Mexican illegal immigrants apprehended at the border are “allowed to remain at large in the United States pending a formal deportation or removal hearing.”
KS BUSINESS COALITION WORKING TOWARD BACKDOOR AMNESTY PLAN
As of December 2011, there were 95,507 unemployed U.S. Citizens in Kansas, but a coalition of business groups, including the Kansas Chamber of Congress, are proposing that Kansas start a new program to allow illegal immigrants to remain in the state. According to the coalition, illegal immigrant labor is necessary to avoid “labor shortages” in agriculture and other industries, such as landscaping, roofing, construction.
State officials and backers do not have any hard numbers for how many jobs are in “danger of going unfilled,” but estimate the number of illegal-immigrant workers at 45,000 – just under half the total number of unemployed Americans in the state. Opponents to the coalition include conservative leaders in the state who argue that the business groups’ plan “amnesty” for such immigrants and are working in conjunction with the Obama administration.