- - Sunday, February 7, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The lead paragraph in “Obama reinstates ‘catch-and-release’ policy for illegal immigrants” (Web, Feb. 4) appears to include a lie when paired with information in the next paragraph. The clear implication is that “catch-and-release” was a George W. Bush policy. In fact Bush inherited and subsequently ended the policy. The direct lie in the article is the implied definition of that policy to be what Obama has now implemented: a rule not even requiring court appearances by those apprehended. The policy inherited by Bush required release of those arrested — with a summons to appear in court.

Most never appeared, so Bush implemented arrests and holdings until deportation hearings. Obama reversed that years ago, returning to the “catch-and-release” Bush inherited. Now, since it has again been proven not to work, Obama has simply ordered these individuals released with no requirement to appear in court. This is in clear violation of the law, and is by no stretch of the imagination “a policy of the Bush years.”

Our border agents are now just the neighborhood welcome wagon. One hopes they still check for contraband.

I wonder if Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan is simply a channel for White House press releases. Neither he nor the paper seem to make any attempt to fact-check for the habitual abuse of the truth from the Obama administration. I suggest a printed clarification.

WILLIAM MILLS

Sterling

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