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DHS chief sad over deportations: ‘Is it pleasant? Absolutely not.’

Washington Examiner – by Paul Bedard

The nation’s top immigration officer said that the “11 million” undocumented aliens in the United States are “not going away,” are “in effect” citizens, and added that deporting the few the administration wants out is unpleasant.

Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security, told Harvard University students this week that the administration is focused on its plan to integrate illegals into America, despite the policy being tied up in court.  

Johnson said that he plans to be in the front row of the Supreme Court April 18 when the case is discussed.

But in the meantime, he is making the case that the illegals here, estimated at a much higher 15.7 million by the Center for Immigration Studies, have essentially become American. The proof: They go to school, have licenses to drive, and can even practice law in California.

Johnson said:

“Immigration policy must be two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, we want to reckon with, acknowledge the estimated 11 million undocumented in this country. More than half of the undocumented population of this country has been here for more than 10 years. And millions of them have in effect become integrated members of society, they go to school with us, they have driver’s licenses, they have kids who are U.S. citizens, they have kids who are lawful permanent residents. The California Supreme Court says that an undocumented person has a right to practice law in the state of California. So they are not going away. So do we insist that they live in a state of ambiguity, or do we reckon with this population and give them the opportunity to get on the books and be accountable?”

Addressing the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Monday night, he also said that the U.S. doesn’t have “open borders,” but added that deporting criminal aliens and others targeted for removal isn’t pleasant.

Johnson said that deportations have dropped because he wants the focus only on criminals, but even then he isn’t a fan of deporting illegals.

“While the number of deportations in the last several years have gone down dramatically, because I’ve told our immigration enforcement personnel to to focus on the convicted criminals, we have a border security obligation to return people after they’ve gone through the process, gone through the litigation process, they’ve litigated their asylum claims, and they have been ordered deported by a court, and if they are our priorities we have to send them back.

“Is it pleasant? Absolutely not. But as long as we have the obligation to enforce the law, we must enforce the law. We can’t have open borders. I know that disappoints many people, but we can’t have open borders,” said Johnson.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com

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3 Responses to DHS chief sad over deportations: ‘Is it pleasant? Absolutely not.’

  1. FarmerDave says:

    “he isn’t a fan of deporting illegals.” Then it’s time to quit #sshole. I was going to say get a new job, but I don’t think he would be any good at any job in this country. Try Mexico if you love the people so much. And yes our borders are wide open. It’s really time to get rid of the whole stinking pot of alphabet soup agencies in this country.

    • Pioneer says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. I would take his high paying job and enjoy the hell out of it. I would learn just enough Spanish to say, “Don’t let the wall hit you on the way out.”

  2. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “And millions of them have in effect become integrated members of society, they go to school with us, they have driver’s licenses, they have kids who are U.S. citizens, they have kids who are lawful permanent residents,… and they rob, rape and murder REAL Americans on a daily basis, so they’re doing exactly what they’ve been enticed to come here to do, as per the so-called ‘government’s’ TRUE agenda is concerned.”

    ““While the number of deportations in the last several years have gone down dramatically, because I’ve told our immigration enforcement personnel to to focus on the convicted criminals,…”

    To ensure that they’re free to commit more crimes against Americans… with impunity.

    Short drop with a sudden stop for you, commie jewb#tch scumbag!

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