GOP to Obama: Step Up Immigration Raids
And they oppose any path to legal status for illegals
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2011 8:56 AM CST
In this April 13, 2009, file photo detainees leave the the cafeteria at the Stewart Detention Facility, a Corrections Corporation of America immigration facility in Lumpkin, Ga.   (AP Photo/Kate Brumback, File)

(Newser) – Republicans are pressing President Obama to resume the large-scale workplace immigration raids that were a hallmark of the George W. Bush administration. Though deportations have soared under Obama, his administration has focused its crackdown efforts on employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants; arrests from worksite raids for immigration-related offenses have dropped by 70%, the LA Times reports.

With unemployment at more than 9%, “it is hard to imagine a worse time to cut worksite enforcement efforts by more than half,” says a Texas rep. “Citizens and legal immigrants should not be forced to compete with illegal workers.” Republicans also say they’ll steadfastly block any path to legal status for illegal immigrants. Obama has eschewed raids in order to reserve resources for pursuing hardened criminals, officials said. Bush’s raids were expensive, costing taxpayers more than $10 million in 2007 and 2008.

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GuangdongJoe
Jan 27, 2011 10:01 PM CST
The real fact is that Mexico supplies one third of your oil. If you send back their people that are sending billions of dollars a year back into the Mexican economy, they will retaliate by selling their oil to someone else. Mexico has you by the balls andyour government is too chickenshit to do anything about it, so they try to justify it as a social issue when it is pure economics and resource driven. Liberals are so easy to sucker into believing everything is about human rights. Ha,ha,ha. The U.S. doesn't give a shit about human rights unless there's something in it for them.
Doctor-Zaius
Jan 27, 2011 10:57 AM CST
So what the President is doing on immigration is proving more effective "deportations have soared under Obama" than what Bush did...So why is the GOP pissed? They're pissed because ICE is going after employers. Remember, hit the employers of illegals hard and the word will get around not to employ illegals. Without jobs they will leave on their own and we wont have to spend tax payer dollars to deport them. Unfortunately that has the negative effect (If you're a corporatist) of driving up the labor cost. The GOP doesn't want this problem solved, they want it to linger on as a wedge issue AND use it to destroy American labor.
odowd80
Jan 27, 2011 10:21 AM CST
Obama is right to go after employers. Extinguish the jobs for illegal immigrants and they will stop coming here to work.