2008 December 07 Sunday
Obama Expected To Reduce Illegal Alien Round-Ups

An already pathetically small rate of illegal immigrant arrests will be cut by Barack Obama.

As the Obama administration takes shape, many experts are betting it will significantly curtail one of the most visible and controversial facets of the Bush administration's immigration crackdown: the high-profile workplace raids in which federal agents arrest dozens, even hundreds, of undocumented workers.

The number of people arrested in such raids has risen tenfold in the past five years, to 6,287 in 2008.

The economy is bleeding jobs like a slashed open pig. Hundreds of thousands lose their jobs every month and this will continue until some time in 2010. You might think that under such dire circumstances reserving what jobs there are for Americans might be a priority. But no.

With tens of millions of illegal aliens the US government could manage to find just 6,287 of them to round up in 2008. By contrast, Dwight D. "I like Ike" Eisenhower rounded up illegals by the tens of thousands and over a million fled to avoid getting caught. We could do this today if only we had the political will.

By the end of July, over 50,000 immigrants were caught in the two states. Around 488,000 illegal immigrants are claimed to have left voluntarily for fear of being apprehended. By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and the INS estimates that 500,000 to 700,000 had left Texas on their own.

We used to be able to build things in the 1950s. We could build roads without years of planning. We could build cars and lots of gadgets. We could also get things done in government. Got illegal aliens? Just go out there and round them up. We live in the era where we can't do things any more.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 December 07 11:25 AM  Immigration Law Enforcement


Comments
Jay Fink said at December 7, 2008 11:47 AM:

Ironically I know a woman who consantly complains about illegal immigration who voted for Obama. Then again it didn't help the GOP that they took no clear position on the issue and ran John McCain, the most pro-amnesty Republican there is.

JerseyBrett said at December 7, 2008 3:11 PM:

Regarding "getting things done," look into Robert Moses and way he did for the NYC Metropolitan era from the late 1940s to early the 1960s. He practically built every infrastructure project in the area. There is no way something like that could be accomplished today. Too much red tape, etc. Only East Asian countries could build capacity like that in 2008.

Randall Parker said at December 7, 2008 4:17 PM:

Robert Moses,

And we even get revisionist history on PBS about how much damage Robert Moses caused. They aren't grateful.

JerseyBrett said at December 7, 2008 4:51 PM:

Randall,
Haha. Don't even get me started on that. A couple of years ago, PBS did a documentary on the history of NYC. For the period 1930-1960s, they basically bashed Robert Moses for four hours. It was quite a spectacle to watch. Their revisionist history was quite amusing. For example, why did the South Bronx fall into such disrepair? Why, because Robert Moses built the Cross Bronx Expressway, of course! What they didn't mention was that he also built the Bruckner Expressway and Hutchinson River Parkway, which cut through the Country Club and Pelham Bay neighborhoods of the East Bronx. However, the residents of these neighborhoods, primarily the Irish and Italian Bronx old-timers (mainly cops, firefighters, corporate middle-managers, etc.), suprisingly didn't start shooting eachother and looting their neighborhoods. So, as we all know, the reason many NYC neighborhoods fell into disrepair was because of Robert Moses. Pay no attention to the Irish and Italian neighborhoods of the East Bronx. Hahaha. You got to love the "progressives."

Engineer-Poet said at December 9, 2008 9:37 AM:

If the government slacks off, maybe public pressure can get things going again.

I can see the signs for the anti-immigrant protests:

"American refugees COME FIRST!"

"Human lawbreakers are STILL criminals"

And maybe a few on this riff:

"Sí, puede volver a Mexico."


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