A New Justification for Not Deporting Illegal Alien Criminals

By Michael C. Nicley on May 19, 2014

The Obama Administration and open-border advocates have crafted a number of dubious rationales for not deporting illegal aliens as required by law. The bogus notion that deportations are "tearing families apart" is not a new pretext, but it has gained traction with our President of late. It is rare to come across an original justification for not enforcing our immigration laws, but occasionally an imaginative media faction concocts a truly remarkable excuse for malfeasance.

An editorial appeared on Bloomberg View (BV) last week that would have been more suitable for The Onion. The BV editorial began with a provable lie: "To secure U.S. borders and win Republican support for immigration reform, President Obama stepped up deportations of unauthorized immigrants, especially those with criminal records." The editorial descended into uninhibited stupidity from there.

The BV editorial proclaimed that Obama's efficiency at deporting criminal illegal aliens has been a "disaster" for the nations of Central America. The "influx of displaced deportees has fed crime and violence that were already out of control" in places like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. According to the BV, these "displaced deportees" have actually increased the number of Central Americans fleeing violence and coming to the United States in search of asylum. As a side note, America is also to blame for "incubating Central American gangs" that contribute to the high crime rate when they are deported to their native Central American countries.

The BV generously offered a partial solution by asserting that the U.S. "...needs to shift more of its funding from helping with drug interdiction and beefing up Central American militaries and police to building up judicial and community institutions." The BV editorial concludes by gushing, "Thankfully, Obama recently said his administration would re-examine U.S. deportation procedures." The BV editorial uses warped logic and a transparent bias against immigration law enforcement to make a weak case for not deporting illegal aliens who happen to be violent criminals.

In a fleeting moment of coherence, the BV editorial acknowledges, "Allowing the criminals to stay in U.S. cities and prisons is dangerous and expensive." Reasonable Americans as well as the law demand that this risk and expense be borne by the native nations of these criminal illegal aliens.