One seemingly surprising fact is that during the Obama presidency, in most years there’s been no net illegal immigration – meaning, we only get about just as many new illegals as leave our country in a given year.
But it wasn’t because Obama is tough on immigration (deportations have tanked during his second term); it’s because the economy, for the most part, hasn’t even been good enough for illegals’ liking.
But that doesn’t mean Democrats aren’t going to try to retain all the illegals they can. After all, they’re going to need some people to vote for Hillary this November.
As the Washington Examiner reported:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he believes the Department of Homeland Security will “pause” its raids on illegal immigrants from Central America following an outcry from Democratic members of Congress who say families and individuals are being denied due process.
Reid told reporters on Tuesday he spoke with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who recently defended the deportation raids and said they would continue.
Soon after he spoke, a spokesman for Reid said the senator was only “expressing his belief” that he “hopes” there will be a pause in the deportations.
Reid’s announcement came as Democrats gathered in the House to denounce the administration’s immigration raids at a televised press conference just hours before the president’s speech.
Democrats say they believe the raids are being carried out to discourage further immigration from Central America. They say those being deported are not being afforded the opportunity to seek refugee status which they may be entitled to because many are fleeing violence in their home countries.
“We have urged that a suspension of effort be made until we make sure that we’re not sending somebody back to be murdered,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said. “We think that is a modest request. We hope that it will be heard.”
In 2010 Harry Reid said “I believe my number one job is to create jobs as a United States Senator.” I wish he meant for Americans.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]