Hmmmm.... but how can that be? Surely there is a mistake? And, focusing on employers who hire illegals? Oh my, what an unfair idea that is, eh?washingtonpost.com
This week we learn that in the fiscal year 2010, roughly 400,000 illegal immigrants are set to be deported, an increase of 10% over former President Bush's last year in office, and up over 25% since 2007.
It is part of what the administration sees as "trying to make the laws that are on the books actually work".
Under President Bush, thousands of illegals were rounded up at where they worked, however, this administration has focused more on auditing the employers that give illegals a place to work. Audits of illegal immigrant employers have quadrupled since Pres. Bush left office, and fines totaling over $6 million have been levied.
I personally applaud this administration for actually increasing their efforts on what is perceived by a majority of Americans as a scourge on the country, even if my personal opinion is to offer a legitimate pathway to citizenship for individuals who are here to contribute and work hard, and to melt within the melting pot that is the US.
From a political standpoint, here is yet another example of this administration acting from a moderate to center-right position even if the words by some people within the administration or within the Democratic party seem to suggest otherwise.
Seems that both parties want to alienate the large swath that is the Hispanic vote, while denying the facts on the ground that their hard work is needed in a country with fewer and fewer citizens who want to essentially be migrant workers.
The country loses over a hundred billion dollars a year because of undocumented workers. Surely there can be a compromise between spending more on law enforcement and creating a way for illegals to pitch into the system so that the country can gain the valuable revenue that is needed to afford their staying here since no matter how good law enforcement techniques prove to be, millions of illegals will remain in the US anyway.
The facts at hand show that this President is listening to the country and acting on it. He's clearly against the epidemic of illegal immigration, and since the GOP simply refuses to accept anything this President does as right or good, it'll be interesting to see if people like John McCain and others re-flip back to their original position of creating a pathway to citizenship for illegals so that the GOP may once again court a mostly conservative base of voters to add to their party.
So tell me again? Who is the Party who talks the talk and who is the party who walks the walk?