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Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

Is the Obama Administration “Cooking the Books” on Enforcement Statistics?

Former INS Special Agent Michael Cutler reports that the chair of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Rep Darrel Issa (R-Ca), sent a letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano asking her to address a claim that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been “cooking the books” by under-reporting the number of apprehensions on the southwest border.  The claim is that there are far more arrests than what the administration would have us believe.  

Allegedly, a whistle blower at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leaked the information to Issa. The report insinuates that the administration is "distorting" apprehension statistics to permit President Obama to argue that he has secured the southern border.

I don't know about you but it feels like almost every day a new story emerges about the Obama administration withholding or distorting information about immigration enforcement, and usually for political gain.


About The Author

Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).


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