New illegal immigration numbers reveal that the Obama administration is targeting employers who hire illegal immigrants with substantial fines while letting the illegal employees walk out the door, free to get a job elsewhere.
Opponents contend that many of these illegal immigrants use fraudulent or stolen identification to procure jobs that could be going to legal residents or U.S. citizens.
New numbers from the Department of Homeland Security indicates in FY2007 former President George W. Bush arrested 4,077 illegals during a raid of 863 employers and in FY2008 the Bush White House arrested 5,184 illegal immigrants while targeting 1,103 businesses.
Compare those numbers to President Obama and there is a big difference. In FY 2009 410 businesses were successfully raided and 1,644 illegal immigrants arrested and so far FY 2010 has seen 181 businesses raided and only 603 illegal immigrants taken into custody.
Critics say many of these illegal immigrants commit a couple of crimes by illegally entering the country as well as obtaining a job using fraudulent identification and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be arresting all parties involved or face another magnet for illegal immigrants to obtain employment.
John Morton, ICE’s top dog has already come under fire for implementing a “catch and release” policy, where ICE agents catch removable illegal immigrants through local arrests, and then releases all except the serious offenders from custody.
“Making matters worse, ICE agents are now defaulting to the most time-consuming deportation process – even obviously removable aliens are routinely dumped on the overloaded immigration court dockets to await hearings before an immigration judge – instead of using the perfectly legal and more efficient administrative procedures available to them to remove an illegal alien,” according to Center for Immigration Studies.