Deported veterans ask Obama for relief
May 15th, 2014
09:33 AM ET
5 months ago

Deported veterans ask Obama for relief

(CNN) - "My hands are tied."

Those are words that Howard Dean Bailey never wants to hear again.

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  1. rs

    This is a problem that can only be fixed by Congress- the same Congress run by the racist GOP which has decided to do nothing to fix the immigration system. The GOP, all wrapped in the flag and declaring their patriotism and love of the military allows this to happen? Yeah, saying "No!" is so much easier.

    May 15, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Mario

    It's time for Republicans to stop the KILLING. Thousands of Mexican die each year trying to come to America. As proud Mexican American from Texas I will do what I can get more Demacrats voted in to office in the 2014 Election so get Imagation reform passed

    May 15, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Talk to the GOP. The same group that many veterans blindly support.

    May 15, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Maybe if he was white and signed papers professing his unswerving loyalty to conservative ideology....maybe then the GOP/Teatrolls would allow something to be done about it? Oh wait...sorry...I forgot...Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi.....

    May 15, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Anecdotal evidence leads me to suspect that veterans have been deported more frequently and for less serious offenses," Wishnie said, hearing about the first veteran sent through deportation proceedings in 1998.

    Why am I not surprised? This administration just dumped 36,000 violent illegal aliens back into society, but yet this guy can't get a break.

    May 15, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "The slight deterioration of Clinton's lead in Ohio matchups is opposite of what Quinnipiac polling found in Florida, another crucial battleground state. "'

    In other words, filed under "statistical noise" on both counts.

    May 15, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "This administration just dumped 36,000 violent illegal aliens back into society, but yet this guy can't get a break."

    This administration signed executive orders exercising prosecutorial discretion to PRIORITIZE the deportation proceedings of violent offenders and the GOP/Teatrolls have consistently tried to use it as some sort of evidence that he's "shirking" the immigration laws. Now you want to claim the exact opposite by saying they are releasing violent offenders willy-nilly?? You just drove the full-of-crap-o-meter's needle into the red. GFY

    May 15, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. CryBabies

    Sniffet....Don't forget about Benghazi.

    May 15, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. You Got It

    Is this guy one of the 36,000 illegal immigrants that ICE released last year? BTW, all were convicted of crimes – sexual assault, murder, kidnapping, arms violations, etc.

    May 15, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. tom l

    "This administration just dumped 36,000 violent illegal aliens back into society, but yet this guy can't get a break."

    This administration signed executive orders exercising prosecutorial discretion to PRIORITIZE the deportation proceedings of violent offenders and the GOP/Teatrolls have consistently tried to use it as some sort of evidence that he's "shirking" the immigration laws. Now you want to claim the exact opposite by saying they are releasing violent offenders willy-nilly?? You just drove the full-of-crap-o-meter's needle into the red. GFY
    =====

    Wow is someone cranky and I think feeling the pressure a little bit. It's ok Sniffit. Apparently, only 200 of those released were murders so that's only, like, 4 per state! And there were only 400 rapists so that's only 8 per state. What are the odds of anyone running into these criminals (but not felons because it's not a felony to be here illegally as you have stated multiple times). Oh wait, they are felons....

    May 15, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. salty dog

    Tom l., what about the biggest murderer in the u.s.a.? George sent thousands to die for oil money, he created the Intel he sold to Congress, that shows premeditation. Or am I to believe he didn't really think anyone would die in a war. And I'm tired of the gop campaigning every day, pushing the Koch brothers agenda, everyday, on my dime no less. Yup, I need to wake up, trickle down economics works fine, if your the 1%, that's the only gop tax plan they have, and kill ss, and Medicaid, we will all be so wealthy we won't need it.

    May 15, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "According to data provided by the Department of Homeland Security, the number of illegal immigrants "removed" rose about 6 percent - from 369,221 to 392,862 - between the end of September 2008 (four months before Obama took office) and the end of September 2010. But a much larger percentage of those deported were convicted criminals. In 2008, 31 percent were criminals; but by 2010, the percentage jumped to 50 percent.

    The raw number of convicted criminals who were deported went from 114,415 in 2008 to 195,772 in 2010. That's 71 percent. So that squares with Obama's claim.

    Data for the first half of the 2011 fiscal year (which began at the end of September) suggests that trend is continuing, with about 52 percent of the deportations involving convicted criminals.
    ...
    DHS statistics show that under Bush, overall deportations more than tripled between 2001 and 2008 - going from 116,782 to 369,221. But in the latter part of Bush's presidency, the biggest jump was in the deportation of illegal immigrants who were were not convicted criminals. During the eight years of Bush's presidency, deportation of convicted criminals rose from 71,079 in 2001 to 114,415 in 2008. That's a 61 percent increase over eight years."

    -From PolitiFact, in finding that Obama's statement that he has increased deportation of criminals by 70% to be flat-out and inarguably TRUE. You reliance on CIS propaganda is abhorrent and dishonest and nothing more than part of their shell game for preventing immigration reform.

    May 15, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Wow is someone cranky ..."

    Yeah...all nonsense from John Tanton's lovechild the Center for Immigration Studies, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has consistently proven to be nothing but a nativist front organization with deeply-seeded anti-immigration and racist roots. You provide no comparative data to show how many were being released before the prioritization or by previous administrations. And no, you're not "safe to assume" that the number was zero under Dubya or Clinton or Bush 1 or Reagan. These are numbers in a vacuum. Is immigration enforcement perfect? No. No type of enforcement is. And there are rules and laws that mandate when people are to be released on bond, and this administration didn't write them, Congress did. Perhaps you should look at the data itself in order to understand exactly how much more stringently Obama is enforcing the laws (from the NYT):

    "The records show the largest increases were in deportations involving illegal immigrants whose most serious offense was listed as a traffic violation, including driving under the influence. Those cases more than quadrupled from 43,000 during the last five years of President George W. Bush’s administration to 193,000 during the five years Mr. Obama has been in office. In that same period, removals related to convictions for entering or re-entering the country illegally tripled under Mr. Obama to more than 188,000.

    The data also reflect the Obama administration’s decision to charge immigration violators who previously would have been removed without formal charges. In the final year of the Bush administration, more than a quarter of those caught in the United States with no criminal record were returned to their native countries without charges. In 2013, charges were filed in more than 90 percent of those types of cases, which prohibit immigrants from returning for at least five years and exposing those caught returning illegally to prison time."

    This was from an article attacking Obama for trying to pretend that he's not "the deportation President" as he's been labeled by critics in the Hispanic community, so don't even try to claim that this was some lovey-dovey gush-piece promoting him. You want to talk numbers, don't talk them in a vacuum...those numbers you cite and complain about were much higher for Dubya and other predecessors.

    May 15, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |