Obama did not pass ‘Dream Act’

Regarding the Tuesday letter, “Obama sneaks in Dream Act“: Once again misinformation disguised as fact has led to confusion and further dissemination of propaganda by organizations and individuals who cannot be bothered by the facts.

President Obama has not issued an Executive Order that passes the Dream Act. All Executive Orders are listed in the Federal Register of the National Archives (http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/obama-subjects.html).

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Mortenson, did, on June 17, issue a memo prioritizing the prosecution of immigration cases. This prioritization is a result of the limited prosecution resources of ICE. The memo does not grant amnesty to anyone. It does direct immigration officials to concentrate on immigrants determined to be a risk to national security including serious felons, known gang members and “individuals with an egregious record of immigration violations.”

Amnesty was also not “passed by executive order” as the writer asserts. In addition, for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2010, ICE deported a record number of more than 392,000 unauthorized immigrants. This number has increased from 350,000 in 2008 and 390,000 in 2009. The 2008 deportations represent a 25 percent increase from 2007 deportations.

To paraphrase the writer “come on folks, let’s not mince words and face the fact that the motive in all of this” is to spread as much disinformation as possible to anyone who believes anything they read.

Roger Kelley

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