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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data for 2012 clearly show something that not even far-left “watchdog” Media Matters can deviously spin to support its pro-amnesty agenda: The Obama administration hardly even considers being in this country illegally to be against the law.

“Fewer than 0.2 percent of the 11.7 million illegal aliens in the United States were deported for violating immigration laws,” The Daily Caller reports. Breaking down the ICE data, it says nearly two-thirds of 2012's 368,644 deportees were caught at the border — a category that previous administrations reported separately.

But the Obama administration deceptively pumps up its numbers by lumping those deportees in with those apprehended inland — just 133,551 in 2012. Subtract the 82 percent of them deported for other criminal offenses — drunken driving, assault, robbery, drug possession — and only about 20,000 were deported simply for being here illegally.

In fact, President Obama's administration has deported or blocked at the border fewer illegals than any administration since President Jimmy Carter's.

This White House's liberal-media echo chamber bolsters its efforts to make the situation look better than it actually is. But the ICE numbers betray the Obama administration's politically motivated, lackadaisical immigration-law enforcement.

Illegals committing other crimes here of course should be deported. But so should those just here illegally.

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