Do it yourself deportation fails and is being scrapped

“A controversial federal program that encourages people living illegally in the United States to turn themselves in is being scrapped, after only eight people utilized the program in nearly a month. ICE offered the pilot program in five U.S. cities, including Santa Ana. It gave illegal immigrants the chance to plan their departure, coordinating with family members, rather than facing an arrest, detention and deportation,” according to KTLA News.

“Quite frankly, I think this proves the only method that works is enforcement,” Jim Hayes, acting director of ICE’s detention and removal operations, told The Associated Press on Thursday. “They want amnesty, they want open borders, and they want a more vulnerable America,” Hayes said, according to the AP.

Hayes said other tactics have proved more effective. ICE has been tracking down so-called immigration fugitives by knocking on their doors at home, often during predawn hours, according to the L.A. Times.

“Immigrant advocates said the program flopped because it offered few incentives for illegal immigrants to step forward since they would be barred from returning to the country for as long as a decade. They also said it failed to consider immigrants’ ties to family here,” according to the AP.

Should the U.S. government be trying to deport people who have American children in this country?  Shouldn’t the Bush administration at least wait until the November presidential elections and let our next President try to resolve the immigration issue, particularly since Bush has so spectacularly failed in this regard?

And why hasn’t Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, who is himself a Mexican immigrant, or anyone else on the all-Latino City Council had anything to say about any of this?  Their silence is deafening, particularly since Santa Ana was one of only six cities involved in this program.  I wonder if Pulido requested to have this failed program run in his city?

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