July 12, 2012
By: Jim Kouri

President Barack Obama’s controversial announcement of his plan to spare more than 800,000 young illegal aliens from deportation received an enormous amount of media attention in June, but it took a group of legal eagles to discover and report the role of a left-wing advocacy group in the Obama administration's lawless decision, political consultant and attorney Michael Barker pointed out on Wednesday.

As a result of what's being characterized as collusion between the Obama White House and the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials have suspended the scheduled deportation of illegal aliens at the ACLU’s request, according to a public-interest watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.

This move is part of a bigger plan to perhaps eliminate the federal program (Secure Communities) that identified the subject illegal aliens in the first place, according to Judicial Watch, an organization that investigates and prosecutes political and government corruption.

The influential open borders movement -- which includes the ACLU -- has aggressively pressured the administration to nix Secure Communities, which requires local authorities to check the fingerprints of arrestees against a federal database. The idea is to deport dangerous criminals, many of whom have fallen through the cracks over the years, Judicial Watch alleges.

But immigrant rights advocates insist the program is racist, has led to the removal of hard-working immigrants who contribute to society and has tragically separated families. They want the Obama Administration to get rid of it and that could very well happen as the president panders for votes in 2012. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General announced that it’s planning an investigation of Secure Communities.

The probe will determine the extent to which the program is used to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens from the United States, according to a news report of the inspector general’s plans. The IG will also examine cost and the accuracy of the data collection and determine if Secure Communities is being applied “equitably across communities.”

U.S. Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released a statement following President Obama’s speech on his plan to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants: “The President has again called for amnesty for illegal immigrants without offering a single proposal to actually improve the security of our borders. After nearly two-and-a-half years in office, President Obama has yet to present the American people with a comprehensive plan for securing the border against illegal immigration."

“The President implying, we’ve done enough, the border is secure, does not make it so. Our border is definitely not secure. The Government Accountability Office has determined that only 15 percent of the border is under operational control. The time has come for real action, not words,” said Rep. King.

Those who dare to read between the lines can probably see where this is going, say officials at Judicial Watch.

Some of the illegal immigrants whose deportation was abruptly halted by the government headlined an ACLU-sponsored press conference decrying Secure Communities. One of them, a female, was arrested earlier this year in Los Angeles after a domestic violence dispute and was identified as an illegal alien when the county jail forwarded her fingerprints to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

At the ACLU’s behest ICE conducted a “comprehensive review” of the illegal immigrant’s case and determined to “terminate the removal proceedings against her,” according to an agency statement published in a local newspaper. Immigration advocates used the case as an opportunity to chastise Secure Communities as a “destructive program” that endangers public safety because immigrants won’t cooperate with police out of fear of being deported.

Interestingly, the elected sheriff who operates jails in Los Angeles and patrols a huge chunk of the sprawling county insists that Secure Communities works. In a piece published this week by the state’s largest newspaper -- Los Angeles Times -- Sheriff Lee Baca wrote that many serious criminals have been deported.

Prior to implementing Secure Communities a “growing number of criminal illegal immigrants who were taken into custody” were eventually released back into the community, according to Baca who has been sheriff since 1998.

As far as allegations of collaboration between the Obama Administration and the ACLU, earlier this year Judicial Watch claims it uncovered documents from the Department of Justice that show the agency worked hand-in-hand with the ACLU in mounting their respective legal challenges to Arizona’s immigration control law.

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