Damaris Cooksey, a volunteer for the Fort Morgan-based Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, told reporters that the raid contradicts Obama administration claims that ICE is focusing on criminal aliens.
“These aren’t people who’ve been convicted of grand larceny or some serious crime,” she insisted. “They’re not selling drugs or committing robberies. They’re working.”
Also, contrary to the administration’s claim that it’s going after employers, those who operated the dairy weren’t cited for wrongdoing by authorities, let alone arrested.
I’m glad Cooksey has figured out that she and other immigrant advocates have been hoodwinked. But this shouldn’t have come as such a surprise.
Obama’s assurances could never have been true because his administration’s immigration policy is all about the numbers. Being able to brag about deporting 1 million illegal immigrants (a goal the administration is on track to meet by Labor Day) is better than claiming the administration has only removed half that number.
And with only an estimated 150,000-200,000 criminal aliens sitting in the nation’s jails and prisons, the administration can’t get to the 1 million figure by relying on that population alone.
Furthermore, officials will never be able to increase the number of deportations by only focusing on employers; they have to continue to round up the illegal immigrants being employed. Whether they do this through workplace raids or by relying on the force multiplier of using local police as surrogates under programs like Secure Communities, which requires local police departments to submit to federal officials the fingerprints of suspected illegal immigrants apprehended for other crimes, the end game is the same: to rack up as many deportations as possible.
Don’t misunderstand. There is nothing wrong with that. Illegal immigrants should be deported. That’s not the issue. The issue is veracity and demagoguery. The problem isn’t what the Obama administration is doing. It’s that officials — including Obama himself — won’t admit to what they’re doing. How can they when they’re so busy trying to portray themselves as a kinder and gentler alternative to Republicans — with little evidence to back that up?