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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Ira Mehlman
The muted public reaction to President Obama's immigration decision of last week — and Mitt Romney's carefully modulated response to the surprise order — could signal an unexpected shift in what has been one of the country's thorniest political issues.
In a trial of a politically divisive program, U.S. prosecutors in Denver and Baltimore are reviewing thousands of deportation cases to determine which illegal immigrants might stay in the country — perhaps indefinitely — so officials can reduce an overwhelming backlog by focusing mainly on detainees with criminal backgrounds or who are deemed threats to national security.
Let me get this straight - Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and allied groups get nearly three years of unfettered access to Fox, MSNBC and CNN to demagogue views on immigration; they get the enthusiastic endorsement of network talk-show hosts such as Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck, who echo their rhetoric, champion their issues and deride anyone who raises a voice in opposition as supporters of "open borders" or "pro-illegal immigration"; they disparage our motives when we appear on their programs or issue a statement. Yet he's calling us bullies and crying foul because we dare to push back? ("Attempts at censorship," Op-Ed, Tuesday.)
LOS ANGELES (AP) —An illegal alien who stayed in a Chicago church for a year to avoid separation from her 8-year-old son, a U.S. citizen, was arrested yesterday and was being processed for deportation.
"We all run into government bureaucracies that operate in mysterious ways," Mehlman said.
The situation is odd - so odd that it does not speak so much to the nation's laws as the quirks of particular government officials, said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for tighter border security and slower immigration rates it considers more in line with national needs.