Monday, December 6, 2010

Picking Up Latino Votes by Default, Not By Design

Janet Napolitano's department is evidently quite proud of its unorthodox methods and unprecedented results in deporting Mexicans:

But in reaching 392,862 deportations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement included more than 19,000 immigrants who had exited the previous fiscal year, according to agency statistics. ICE also ran a Mexican repatriation program five weeks longer than ever before, allowing the agency to count at least 6,500 exits that, without the program, would normally have been tallied by the U.S. Border Patrol.

When ICE officials realized in the final weeks of the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, that the agency still was in jeopardy of falling short of last year's mark, it scrambled to reach the goal. Officials quietly directed immigration officers to bypass backlogged immigration courts and time-consuming deportation hearings whenever possible, internal e-mails and interviews show.


But at a news conference Oct. 6, ICE Director John T. Morton said that no unusual practices were used to break the previous year's mark.

"When the secretary tells you that the numbers are at an all-time high, that's straight, on the merits, no cooking of the books," Morton said, referring to his boss, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "It's what happened."

Awesome. I'm sure everyone who's completely straightforward immigration case has been bungled or delayed is pleased to know that the relevant agencies were busy meeting these goals.


jd said...

Wow. May they all be fucked by a saguaro cactus.

pc said...

Yeah not a lot to like in that story. And as has been pointed out at great length, there is basically zero political benefit in these kinds of stunts. Everyone who is excited about them already votes against the Dems.