National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


House Hearing Distorts New Deportation Guidelines

October 04, 2011

Focused Immigration Enforcement Makes Fiscal Sense, Enhances Public Safety


Washington, D.C.The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a hearing on Tuesday to examine border security in light of the Administration’s recent decision to exercise its prosecutorial discretion in its immigration enforcement efforts to prioritize removal of public safety and national security threats. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:


Clearly, the Administration is now focusing valuable law enforcement resources on national security and public safety threats.  For Members of Congress to make the case that such prioritization of prosecutorial resources actually weakens border security is laughable.  It is a safe bet that most Americans would applaud the government for trying to keep them safe from terrorist and criminal elements.


The Administration’s strategy is also laudable because it is fiscally responsible. It redirects valuable resources to focus on those who might pose a danger to our nation – not those making a contribution to our nation.

If only Congress would show a similar ability to reduce waste and prioritize resources. Congress should be focusing its resources on reforming our broken immigration laws. Until there are more avenues for people to come to this country legally to work, our enforcement agencies will always have to make a choice about where to focus their efforts: do they focus on protecting Americans from the highest priority threats? Or do they try to appease members of Congress who always seem to have an excuse for not doing their job—to update our immigration laws and make them enforceable.”





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