Immigration executive action ‘simple common sense’

In what promises to be a spirited exchange, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies this morning before a House committee in defense of President Obama’s immigration-reform policies. (Live video here) As a result of Obama’s actions, those who have been here for five years or longer, who have a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and who have no criminal record — all three conditions must be met — will be eligible for a temporary deferral of deportation.

“The reality is that, given our limited resources, these people are not priorities for removal — it’s time we acknowledge that and encourage them to be held accountable,” Johnson just told the GOP-led committee. “This is simple common sense.”

Does anyone seriously question that?

In 2013, the government deported a record number of those here illegally, a 21.6 percent increase in deportations since 2008. That came after a record number of deportations in 2012, actions that have drawn harsh criticism of the Obama administration by Latino groups that would otherwise be its allies.

FT_Deportations2013The problem is that with more than 11 million here illegally, it’s hard to put much of a dent in the illegal-immigrant population by deporting some 400,000 a year.  As Johnson argues, it’s common sense to focus finite deportation resources to where they will do the most good.**

And where will they do the most good?

If you want to discourage new illegal immigrants, it’s common sense to focus enforcement efforts on those who are newly arrived. It’s common sense to focus deportation resources on those who have broken the law, and common sense and simple humanity to focus on those without legal family ties to this country.

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** It’s standard law-enforcement doctrine to focus limited resources on the worst, most dangerous offenders. It’s illegal to drive faster than 65 mph on most interstates, for example, but most traffic stops are focused on those who drive faster than 80 or 85 mph.

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DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Immigration to reparations.  It's a liberal wonderland!

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

straker

Giving money to their distant descendants would do far more harm than good.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Any examples of the harm ?

straker
straker

Jackie


Reparations were due to the people who were slaves.


Since they are long since dead and buried, I wonder why this keeps coming up?


Giving money to their distant descendants would do far more harm than good.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@straker Well, it might make some sense if it came out of the pockets of the descendents of the slave owners who profited by their labor.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@straker

$21 trillion in handouts since the Johnson administration is much, much more than enough.

Get over it, moochers.

Jackie_36
Jackie_36

@straker How about the land given to the slaves directly that was taken by many Southern governors?

How about the land that was leased to the Federal government, who refused to return the land?

How about the land that was taken in Forsyth County by whites to rioted and claimed blacks "raped a white women?"

KUTGF
KUTGF

@straker  Now why are reparations not due to those who were denied civil rights in the 1960's.....  separate but equal that was never equal, CCC victims, etc.  You seem to suggest that slavery ended and the "system" immediately corrected rather than address the reality of the wrongs that continued and have yet to be completely rectified. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Tuna Meowt the Japanese internment was done by the US government. They were in government camps. Slavery was an institution carried out by individuals. Not certain if any state or the federal government actually owned slaves. 


Perhaps the descendants of the slave owners could pay the reparations.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@consumedconsumer @Tuna Meowt "Slavery was an institution carried out by individuals. Not certain if any state or the federal government actually owned slaves."


Slavery was abolished in the United Kingdom in 1807.  The Colonial governments at that point forbade the further importation of slaves into the Colonies, but DID NOT abolish slavery, thereby legally perpetuating it for those slaves already in or later born in the colonies.  Ergo, the Colonial government implicitly supported slavery.


QED.


consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Tuna Meowt @consumedconsumer No kidding. Supporting it through laws and actually operating it are 2 different things is my point. The feds operated the internment camps. They didn't operate the plantations and everything else that used slave labor.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@consumedconsumer @Tuna Meowt Respectfully, I call that a "distinction without a difference."  You can't (as a government) let slavery operate and then claim that, as you weren't directly involved, you couldn't possibly be complicit in the evils of the industry.


Whether one uses the long spoon or not, supping with the devil is still supping with the devil.


WoodstockMike
WoodstockMike

Charles Barkley, gotta love a man who tells it like it is, no fake agenda like Bookman...


"Barkley, who has also been named to the NBA's "50 Greatest Players of All-Time," further ripped the protestors railing against the St. Louis County grand jury's decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed black teen Michael Brown dead back on August 9.

"The true story came out from the grand jury testimony," the former Houston Rockets player said. "Three or four witnesses, who were black, said exactly what the cop said."

The power forward also took issue with blacks shouting "f**k the police" every time they see cops.

"We have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn't for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods," he said. "We can't pick out certain incidents that don't go our way and act like the cops are all bad.

"Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn't for the cops?"

KUTGF
KUTGF

@WoodstockMike  Why yes...we do like us some blacks who agree with us.  Why if only that Al guy or the Jesse guy would just agree with us then they would be okay.  I mean if he agrees, facts don't matter, and heck we can pick one possible set of facts and ignore anything that contradicts our desired outcome. 


And of course we be outraged that SL Rams players would show support for the contrary story or the larger picture, but its ok if a sports player speaks out that supports our position.


Got it!

gotalife
gotalife

That's some hoax, I countered. But who has engineered such a scam?

Hollywood liberals and extreme environmentalists, Inhofe replied.

Really? I asked. Why would they conspire to scare all these smart people into believing a catastrophe was under way, when all was well?

Inhofe didn't skip a beat: To advance their radical environmental agenda.

I pressed on: Who in Hollywood is doing this?

The whole liberal crowd, Inhofe said.

But who?

Barbra Streisand, he responded.

Hahahaha

Paul42
Paul42

@gotalife

Seeing as how he's likely to head the Environmental and Public Works Committee, his views aren't quaint, or silly, or funny.

They're downright scary.

Crossbreed
Crossbreed

Would you want your offspring to be

paid for your labor ?

Completely nonsensical.  Your great grandfather murders my great grandfather (to be extreme)- do you owe me $ for the bad deeds of your great grandfather-

Free public education, free healthcare, free road system (for the most part)  social security.... 

If you are extreme go all in- no borders, no locked doors or windows- must leave keys in the car.

Cons want others to bomb folks.

Libs want others to provide to their delusional wishes..

They are the same.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@Crossbreed "Would you want your offspring to be paid for your labor ?"


If I *wasn't* paid for it, then yes, I certainly would.  I suspect you'd agree with that.


"Completely nonsensical."


Not in the least.


"Your great grandfather murders my great grandfather (to be extreme)- do you owe me $ for the bad deeds of your great grandfather-"


If my great-grandfather illicitly *profited* by doing so, then yes, his estate owes you.  If I'm the sole inheritor of that estate, then *I* owe *you.*



Jackie_36
Jackie_36

@Crossbreed The offsprings of the slave owners are still being paid for the misdeeds of their fore bearers

As for free public education, did the slave owners get the same benefit?

As for free healthcare, free road system and the implication of free social security: you need to do more research that clearly shows your are delusional..