A Click2Houston.com investigative report titled “Thousands of Recent Texas Border Crossings cases still undecided,” spotlights a tremendous problem in the illegal immigration controversy.
According to the investigative report, which could only get data from the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) for July 18 to October 28th 2014, of this year, 30,467 would-be immigrants were apprehended in both family groups or as unaccompanied minors in the time period.
15,614 immigrants were apprehended as part of a family unit and released on their own recognizance without paying a bond. 4,197 of these immigrants have been ordered removed with 96 percent of this number removed in absentia. In other words 96% of those promising to appear did not show up for court and were ordered removed.
13,425 of the 30,467 were unaccompanied minors who were released on their own recognizance. Of the 13,425 unaccompanied minors released upon their(or an adult guardian’s) promise to appear, 1,671 have been ordered deported with 92 percent of these Immigration orders being executed without the immigrant present.
The remaining 1,428 immigrants were originally detained, and, of these only 21 have been ordered deported.
The Obama Administration has clearly sent out the message to the illegal immigrant population of the United States that deportations will be concentrated on dangerous criminals and others will either be ignored or their deportation stayed by Executive Orders and allowed to remain in the United States.
Over the past year tens of thousands of immigrant families from Central America have poured across our southern border with little resistance by the enforcement arm of the United States Government. These families have been processed and released on their own recognizance without having to post bail. They are each given their rights and their responsibilities—including appearing upon request to any Immigration hearing, and then released. Then they are released with the knowledge that most will disappear into a teeming shadow society of illegal immigrants who live outside of normal society with the unofficial acceptance of the federal government.
In December, 2012, I wrote an article titled “800,000 aliens ordered deported fail to comply,” which highlighted a report from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) which estimated there were more than 800,000 aliens who have been formally ordered deported who have dodged the process and continue to live in the United States illegally.
Those immigrants who have promised to appear for a deportation hearing along with those formally deported aliens who have already been ordered deported from the United States certainly know that they are much better off continuing to remain in the shadows and awaiting amnesty, whether through executive order or by an Immigration Reform law which eventually will be passed. They must only wait and their patience will be rewarded.