The Lie That Won’t Die Revisited

More Misinformation from the Media:

President Obama has deported over 2.5 million people through 2014, the last year that government data is available. . . . In immigration circles, [President] Obama has deservedly earned the nickname “Deporter in Chief”. . . . While Donald Trump has only talked about wanting to deport millions of undocumented people, the Obama Administration has actually carried out [that objective]. . . . The President-elect started his campaign with blatant lies calling immigrants from Mexico rapists and criminals, even though data shows that immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born Americans. . . . [T]he immigrant community has felt like it has been under siege for over a decade. – Paste Quarterly, Adriana Maestas, 11/14/16

Fact Check: “Deporter in Chief” is the lie that never seems to die. No matter how many times it’s refuted, it still keeps rearing its fraudulent head. So, once more, let’s lay out the facts. Far from enforcing immigration laws Obama has consistently undermined and sabotaged immigration law enforcement as well documented by the “timeline” prepared by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

Basically, the administration achieved its “record” level of deportations by—among other means—padding genuine deportation figures from the interior with illegal aliens caught at the border and sent home. Obama cultivated the false image of “deporter in chief” to make his advocacy of amnesty more palatable to the general electorate. But he reassured amnesty supporters by admitting to them that his alleged record was “a little deceptive.”

President-elect Trump did not call all immigrants from Mexico rapists and criminals. He referred only to illegal immigrants, and did not claim they were all rapists. As for being criminals, they are all violators of our immigration laws, and commonly break a number of other laws in order to live in the United States. Certainly they are less law-abiding that native-born Americans. This editorial improperly conflates illegal immigrants with legal immigrants—who do have a relatively lower crime rate.

As for illegal aliens feeling that they have “been under siege” for the past decade, it’s hard to understand why. The Obama Administration has tried to safeguard them as much as possible.           


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