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The Obama administration's dubious claims of enforcing immigration laws come under renewed fire in a report showing selective enforcement against illegal aliens, even those convicted of crimes.

Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year charged only about 195,000 illegals of the 722,000 facing deportation, according to the report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Even worse, ICE freed 68,000 illegals convicted of crimes, amounting to a third of criminal aliens encountered, according to CIS.

In what amounts to prosecutory discretion, ICE officers are instructed to release illegals who are parents or caregivers or who claim to be students, writes Jessica M. Vaughan for CIS. And convictions for certain state crimes are ignored if the administration is opposed to the state law or believes it's too harsh, according to the report.

Political considerations, family relationships and “other factors not related to public safety” also reportedly are weighed. So, “the law” is what the Obama administration says it is.

“The preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that immigration enforcement in America has collapsed,” writes Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

At issue isn't a lack of resources — not when President Obama consistently seeks to cut ICE's budget, according to The Heritage Foundation. It's a flagrant, continuing and inexcusable disregard for the law.

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