In addition to gun control, prison reform has been a major issue for Obama during his last year in office. In a mini-documentary produced by HBO’s VICE to draw support for Obama’s reforms, stories of non-violent drug offenders who’ve had their lives taken away from them due to mandatory minimum sentences are shown.
It’s hard not to feel sympathy for those inmates, but they’re not the only, or the main beneficiaries of Obama’s policy on crime.
Perhaps in an effort to prevent prisons from filling up in the first place, Obama has been the weakest President on crime in any of our lifetimes. As the Washington Examiner reported:
Nearly 60 percent of illegal immigrants identified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as criminal threats are not deported and are eventually released, the latest example of the Obama administration’s failed immigration policy
Internal ICE figures show that in fiscal 2015, the agency encountered 152,393 illegal immigrants labeled a criminal threat, mostly in jails, but charged 64,116. About another 88,000 were not processed for deportation, according to the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jessica Vaughan.
Under Obama’s recently announced Priority Enforcement Program, officials work with local police to arrest and deport criminal immigrants. In reality, that amounts to a phone call from ICE requesting local authorities hold the suspect for 48 hours after they’re set to be freed.
But several sheriffs from around the country say that just 35-40 percent of those held are ever seized by ICE, even after they’ve been released.
These are not the illegal immigrants that we’re told are “just here to do jobs Americans won’t do.” These are violent offenders. Unless one of them were to commit a mass shooting, there doesn’t seem to be anything that will make Obama care.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]